Tofloko “NASARA” Gargonnu’s first experience with Prostate Cancer was in 1999, when his father passed away. “Before I found out he was dying from cancer, I knew nothing about prostate cancer. It seemed that Breast Cancer Awareness was always in the headlines and news, so I wasn’t aware of the impact prostate cancer was having on men, especially African Americans,” said Nasara Gargonnu.
In 2011, Nasara learned about ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer and immediately signed up for an endurance events as a Team ZERO member. This race had a profound impact on his life. “While raising money from friends, family, and strangers, I learned that many people have been affected by prostate cancer. I started hearing stories from the donors about fathers, brothers and husbands who have been impacted by this disease,” shared Nasara. These stories were a form of camaraderie and support. Nasara was not alone. They also reiterated the imperative necessity of curing this disease, which has impacted the lives of countless individuals.
Nasara will be competing in the 2019 NYC Marathon this November as part of our TeamZERO movement. “I discovered running at the ripe old age of 39, so joining the Endurance Team was a perfect fit. I am having an awesome time raising money and running as an Endurance Team Member,” said Nasara.
Nasara is a Physical Educator for the San Diego Unified School District as well as a Group Exercise Instructor at various local YMCA’s and San Diego County government sites. Nasara shares, “I am using whatever influence I have to spread awareness about prostate cancer through class lessons, health and wellness seminars, social media posts and just word-of-mouth. I have vowed to bring more awareness of prostate cancer to the masses in hopes of eradicating this disease in my lifetime!”