Our annual Bold for Blue awards are always a highlight of the ZERO Summit: we roll out the blue carpet to celebrate our boldest, most inspiring fundraisers who’ve made the biggest impact on the fight to end prostate cancer. With this year’s summit going completely virtual, we didn’t get to wave the typical blue pom poms or hear the cheers and cowbells. We did, however, host the 3rd annual Bold for Blue ceremony online, which featured dozens of prostate cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, and other key leaders in fundraising, advocacy, and community impact.
Even though we couldn’t be together in person this year, it was amazing to get a glimpse of the impact the ZERO community made in 2020. Despite a global pandemic, you all found ways to get creative, make your voices heard, and make a lasting difference. The ceremony consisted of three main accolades: the Impact awards, which goes to three individuals who showed an unwavering spirit for ZERO’s mission in 2020; the Legacy award, which recognizes long term commitment and dedication to the prostate cancer community; and the 25 Bold for Blue awards, which honor the teams and individuals that make up the heart and soul of the ZERO community.
The 2021 Bold for Blue ceremony highlighted 15 Impact award nominees from ZERO’s chapter divisions all across the country. The three winners were Stephanie Mueller of Ohio, Freddy Muse Jr. of California, and Meghan Nikituk of Virginia, all of whom went above and beyond in their efforts to raise prostate cancer awareness this year. For more information about their accomplishments, and to meet all of the nominees, check out their Bold for Blue profiles! ZERO couldn’t be more proud of every single one of you who showcased your creativity, perseverance, and commitment to the prostate cancer community during such a tough year.
The 2021 Legacy award went to Sarah Dunn, Amy Donaldson, and Julie Tofte of Napa Valley. The three sisters created the walk/run event “Daughters 4 Dad” in honor of their late father who passed away in 2014 after a long battle with prostate cancer. Since then, they have partnered with ZERO countless times, bring awareness, donations, and a strong sense of community to every event that they put on. During the Bold for Blue awards ceremony, Sarah Dunn talked about the unique challenges that this year presented: “In a year like 2020 where everybody is isolated and cancer patients maybe aren’t getting their treatments on time, we felt it was super important to continue on in our mission to spread awareness and give those patients the support they need.”
We at ZERO would like to extend a huge congratulations to everyone who was a part of our Bold for Blue awards this year. It’s the folks like you who keep us going, and who motivate others to join in the fight to #EndProstateCancer. We can’t wait until next year’s summit, when we’ll be back together in person to celebrate and cheer one another on.