For the past 15 years, the Mid-Atlantic Chapter has helped patients and families fighting against prostate cancer with our community grant fund. ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walks support local nonprofit organizations in the region that provide medical and financial assistance to cancer patients as well as funding everything from free prostate cancer screenings to education and research that work to strengthen the patients and their families in our Mid-Atlantic communities.
In Harrisburg, PA, the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk event supports the PA Prostate Cancer Coalition with a grant of $16,000. PA PCC partners yearly with Urology of Central Pennsylvania to host a series of events over Father’s Day Weekend at Metro Bank Park, home of the Harrisburg Senators. They celebrate fathers in the community and raise awareness of the importance of prostate cancer screenings. UCPA offers free PSA tests and DREs for men over 45 who have never been screened before. Families enjoyed a dazzling blue fireworks display on Friday, June 18, and participated in an auction for special blue jerseys and a bucket hat giveaway.
Moreover, the funds raised from Run/Walk has empowered the launch the ZERO Drive Program in the state of Pennsylvania, which aims to help prostate cancer patients get to their appointments without having to worry about the cost of transportation. Patients can apply for a $300 debit card that can be used for transportation-related expenses, including gas, public transportation, taxis, Uber, Lyft, other rideshare companies, and airlines. For more information on the Drive Program, visit www.zerocancer.org/drive.
Moving Northeast in Pennsylvania, the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk – Lehigh Valley, fundraises for the Blue Ribbon Cancer Coalition of PA and this year we were able to award this local organization a $10,000 grant. This money will help support cancer patients’ financial needs while also funding local hospitals networks that promote patient education and support programs. Partnering with local hospitals helps ZERO’s Mid-Atlantic Chapter impact the community through education, testing, and treating prostate cancer.
In Virginia Beach, funds raised from the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk – Hampton Roads were able to provide both the Hampton Roads Prostate Health Forum and Schellhammer Urological Research Foundation (SURF), with $8,000 grants each! The Hampton Roads Prostate Health Forum runs programs such as Save Our Men, their annual early detection and awareness event, and Paint the Region Blue, which spreads prostate cancer awareness during June, Men’s Health Month. SURF provides resources for patient education, patient care, humanitarian medical efforts, and research for prostate cancer. The community grant program furthers these local groups’ efforts to raise awareness and spread blue ribbons across the region.
For more information about the community grant fund or starting a run walk in your community, contact Betsy London at Betsy@zerocancer.org.