Nine ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walks were held in the Mid-Atlantic Chapter this year: we had over 6,000 runners and walkers, hundreds of sponsors and donors, and collectively the races raised more than $1.5 Million to fuel ZERO’s advocacy and patient support programs. I’m proud of the impact that the Chapter had in the fight against prostate cancer but it’s the special heart-felt connections and moments throughout the race season that will live in my heart forever. It was tough to narrow down, but here are my top 10 favorite photos of 2018:
This is Al & Greg, two of our ZERO HERO survivors from the DC Run/Walk on June 16th. They bring out Team AWARE every year to the race, take home Top Fundraiser awards and put their heart and soles into ending prostate cancer.
New this year we gave folks who raised $250 or more these signs to decorate and bring to the race for us to put out along the Start/Finish line. This sign with its sweet message and family photos is from the Raleigh, NC Run/Walk on June 23rd.
John and Laura Williams and their team the Saluda Sundogs are our Largest and Top Fundraising team in the Asheville, NC Run/Walk that was held on August 25th this year. John has been fighting prostate cancer with the care and support of his wife for too long but he remains hopeful thanks to the work that ZERO is doing in the community.
That’s Jimmy Charles singing ZERO’s theme-song “Superman” to the ZERO HEROs and Caregivers at the Lehigh Valley Run/Walk that was also on August 25th. While I wasn’t able to be at this race, this photo fills my heart with joy to see some familiar faces and some new ones too.
Mark Hagenbuch (center) and his 18th Century Gentlemen dressed in their very best for the 11th Annual ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk in Harrisburg, PA on September 21st. This is Mark’s third year participating in the race and just before this photo was snapped he told me that he is proud to support ZERO because as a Stage IV patient the research we advance and the programs we offer give him hope for the future.
On September 23rd Chesapeake Urology Associates hosted the 12th Annual ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk in Baltimore – on that day Dr. Sandy Seigel’s daughters came from across the country to surprise their Dad with a special announcement that the race would be renamed the Dr. Sandy Seigel Prostate Cancer Walk/Run in his honor.
This family photo of Fred’s Fighters is from the Inaugural ZERO Run/Walk in Charlotte, NC. The race was held on November 10th with more than 400 participants and nearly $125,000 raised to end prostate cancer making it a record-breaking first-year race!
While I wasn’t able to make it to the Greensboro, NC Run/Walk on November 17th, our CEO Jamie Bearse went and was able to capture this awesome photo of the Alliance Urology Team! They also had a record-breaking year reaching more than $100,000 raised to fuel ZERO’s programs.
This is Deb Barr, I met her at the 2017 Hampton Roads Run/Walk and we became instant friends. Deb and her friends formed the team Larry’s Blue Angels this year in honor of her husband who passed from prostate cancer in 2016. They took home a Top Fundraising Team Award. Deb told me that every donation that came in lifted her heart and gave her hope for her grandsons’ future which is what these races are all about!
There is much to be grateful for this year, thank you from all of the ZERO staff for every step you took to help us support men and their families who are fighting prostate cancer. We would never be able to do it without YOU! Happy Holidays and we’ll see you in 2019!
PS: If you’d like to help ZERO continue to make an impact in the community we can use volunteers to help us with our Run/Walks and a variety of additional tasks most that you can do from the comfort of your home or office. Please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a ring at 202-344-9058.