On Sunday, February 24, 2019 ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer rolled out the “blue” carpet for the inaugural Bold for Blue Awards. These new awards acknowledge outstanding champions who have made a bold impact in the fight against prostate cancer with their fundraising efforts. These rockstar fundraisers help empower ZERO to reach more men that need help, and also further research to put an end to the disease.
ZERO also paid special tribute to three men who are prostate cancer pioneers and have gone above and beyond for the cause. William A. Schwartz – ZERO founder and former CEO who spearheaded ZERO’s creation, Sanford J. Siegel, MD – founder of the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk series and recognized leader in urology, and Wesley S. Williams, Jr. – the first African-American Chairman of ZERO’s Board of Directors, all received Legacy Awards for their passionate commitment and dedication over many decades.
The entire Bold for Blue Award Ceremony, sponsored by AbbVie, is available to view here.
If you would like more information about getting BOLD to end prostate cancer, contact Shawn K. Supers, our Director of Donor Relations by email at Shawn@ZeroCancer.org or by calling 202.344.9058.
Top Run/Walk Fundraisers
Team Angus: Team Angus is a clan of family and friends who rally around Mark Hagenbuch, a Stage IV prostate cancer survivor from Dillsburg, PA and raised more than $11,000 to end “the scourge.” The team has participated in the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk – Harrisburg since 2016. Mark is inspired to support ZERO because he knows that more treatments are needed to help him and other men with advanced cancer and the work that ZERO does is “keeping him alive.”
The Forsburg 40: With the help of his Granddaughter Eliza, and the support of his family, friends, and employer, Pat Forsburg and his team raised nearly $30,000 to end prostate cancer in 2018. The Forsburg 40 has participated in the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk – Harrisburg since 2013. Pat is a prostate cancer survivor and his motivation to fundraise centers around his family and ensuring that little Eliza has a bright future ahead of her with her Daddy and Grandpa by her side.
Team Frednecks: Fred and Sue Sanger have been supporters of the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk – Napa Valley for years since Fred’s own prostate cancer diagnosis. Fred passed in 2018 and Team Frednecks was formed by Sue’s employer, family, and friends as a loving hug of support. Not only was the company a sponsor, but they were the largest fundraising team, blowing past their original goal and raising more than $12,000! Team Frednecks will continue to fight in Fred’s memory and for the other families who lost their husband, father, son, brother, grandfather, uncle or friend too soon.
Team Ham: With a little help from family and friends, Team Ham is the top fundraiser of the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk in Hampton Roads with more than $13,000 raised to end prostate cancer. In memory of Gordon Ham, a loving husband, father and Navy Veteran – Sandra, his wife, and his children, Kelsey, Brittany, and Jason participate to ensure that no other family has to lose their loved one to prostate cancer.
Team Lovey: The ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk – Hartford was Team Lovey’s first race with ZERO in honor of Joe Lovey who passed from prostate cancer. Elise DaCosta, Joe’s wife, and her three sons Joseph, Michael and Matthew, turned their grief into action with the creation of Team Lovey and raised nearly $15,000! On the day of the race, they were surrounded by the love of their forty team members. Together, they continue Joe’s fight against prostate cancer.
Miles for Mike: The Brocato family lost a loving husband, dad and grandpa: Mike Brocato, to prostate cancer in 2017. He was known for his outgoing personality and his contagious smile. To honor Mike, Fran, his wife, and their daughter Kristin and sons Michael, Daniel, and Matthew, created team Miles for Mike and participated in the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk – Kansas City. They brought it big on race day with 100 people strong and raised over $10,000 to show that they are still fighting for Mike!
Team Nikituk: Cheryl, Tara and Meghan Nikituk are 11-year veterans and top fundraisers of the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk – Capital Area, this year raising $12,500 to fuel ZERO’s programs that help men and families fighting prostate cancer. In loving memory of Paul Nikituk, the team puts their passion into action year-round with advocacy efforts, fundraising, and community education. Cheryl also serves on ZERO’s Board of Directors.
Team Poppa, Pappy and Cuggy: The Fults family has been ravaged by prostate cancer which is why Casey Fults and her team participate in the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk – San Antonio. Poppa is Billy Wayne Fults, her late husband and ZERO Champion who passed on May 6 2018; Pappy is their youngest son’s father-in-law; and Cuggy, Casey’s brother, was diagnosed last spring just weeks before Billy Wayne’s passing. The team rallied around the family and raised more than $16,000 to honor Billy Wayne’s memory and show support for Cuggy and all men and families fighting prostate cancer.
Team #ShefflerStrong: Team #ShefflerStrong celebrates not only Pat, who was newly diagnosed in late 2018 at the age of 53, but his father, and a childhood friend’s husband who was also diagnosed with prostate cancer around the same time. With so much to fight for, this team came together in force raising nearly $12,000 in their first year at the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk – San Diego. With team shirts, props and a ton of energy and positive vibes their team showcased what love, action and positive thinking can look like. Pat and his family continue to heal from his surgery and vow to continue fighting back and thrive beyond prostate cancer.
Team This One’s for Terry: Susie Schlernitzauer and her team This One’s For Terry have been at the forefront of the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk – South Florida since the very beginning. Susie’s amazing brother Terry, was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2008, and after nearing the 5-year cancer-free mark, suffered a relapse. Terry lost his battle a little over a week before the 2018 South Florida race, and his family and supporters came together for an emotional remembrance, to walk together and continue to the fight in honor of Terry and men just like him. They raised over $18,000!
Volunteer Race Director Awards
Daughters 4 Dads: The love for their father inspired three daughters to form an organization – Daughters 4 Dads – and start a 2013 race in their local community of Napa Valley, California. Sarah Dunn, Amy Donaldson, and Julie Tofte are on a mission to bring awareness to the community and provide financial support for local education and treatment. They joined the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk series in 2014 and each year the race grows, thanks to their growing tribe of volunteer committee members who all have a connection to the cause. The hard work and support paid off, in 2018 they raised more than $100,000! They continue to fight on for their father, uncle, grandfather and the countless men and families in the Napa Valley community.
Mark & Teresa Good: Mark and Teresa Good are great examples of active ZERO Champions! They have been huge advocates and fundraisers in Des Moines, Iowa for the past five years and regulars at the Summit. Mark’s family has been hard hit by prostate cancer – he was diagnosed in November, 2013 and both of his brothers battled the disease as well. At the time of Mark’s diagnosis, the Goods decided to make it their life’s work to spread awareness of the importance of early detection, increase funding for prostate cancer research and raising money for ZERO’s patient programs. Through their hard work, dedication and passion, the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk – Des Moines hit a new milestone in 2018, raising more than $100,000 to end prostate cancer!
Jim & Cynthia McAndrew: Jim and Cynthia put their hearts and souls into making the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk – Tyler a success. Jim is a prostate cancer survivor and urologist who knows first-hand the importance of ensuring that all patients and survivors understand that they are not alone in the fight. They host a wonderful breakfast prior to the race for survivors and their families to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to connect. For the second year in a row they raised more than $100,000 to end prostate cancer!
Dr. Johnny & Joni Reyna: This pair is a force to be reckoned with in the fight against prostate cancer! The Los Padres Prostate Cancer Foundation was established to support men locally by Dr. Johnny Reyna, a urologist with Veterans Affairs and Joni, his wife, the mastermind organizer behind the scenes. They have hosted the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk – San Antonio for six years. The race was included in the city’s Tricentennial Celebration in 2018 and raised more than $100,000!
Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Top Fundraisers
Andrew Zweig Ripple Run: Nancy Diamond and Sue Spector started the Ripple Run in memory of their dear friend Andrew Zweig who lost his life to prostate cancer in 2017. Andrew’s widow, Wendy Zweig, asked her friends to help produce an event in memory of Andrew and to raise awareness for prostate cancer. On June 10, 2018 the held the first Ripple Run and raised more than $50,000! The race name – Ripple Run was given because Andy loved the Grateful dead and also because he created a ripple of good in the life that he led. The dedication to this event was nothing short of remarkable. They are an inspiration to all of us and will continue to raise awareness and money in their community to help put an end to prostate cancer!
Harrity & Harrity, LLC: Sandy Maxey is the ZERO Champion leading the fight against prostate cancer at Harrity & Harrity, LLC. She lost her Dad to prostate cancer 25 years ago and is committed to ensuring that no one else has to live without their father. As an employee of the firm, she nominates ZERO to be a chosen charity for Harrity & Harrity’s annual giving and encourages her fellow employees to donate a portion of their paycheck to the cause as well. In 2018, the firm and its employees contributed more than $40,000 to support ZERO’s mission to end prostate cancer.
New Jersey ZERO Champions: The New Jersey ZERO Champions took a serious divot out of prostate cancer with the Tee-Off Against Prostate Cancer event at TopGolf raising more than $27,000 with this first-year event! The success of the event was a team effort thanks to the leadership of Don & Sarah Slaght and support from Kristy Biswas, Michelle Mazzacaro, and Kristin O’Callahan.
Team ZERO Top Fundraisers
Ronald Chesek: Ronald “Ric” Chesek was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2012 as part of a routine check up. Two days into the process of becoming a self-proclaimed “cancer butt-kicker,” Ric began running 5K’s with his daughter, Blair, both to stay in shape and also spend some quality time together. Eighteen months, 30 rounds of radiation, and six months of ADT later, he was able to ring the bell as finally cancer-free. Ric ran the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon with Team ZERO and dedicated every mile to prostate cancer patients and his brothers lost to the terrible disease. This already incredibly difficult 26.2 mile journey was made all the more meaningful and emotional, and Ric went above and beyond to fundraise five times his original goal raising more than $16,000 to help men just like him.
Daniel Perkins: Dan Perkins has been a Team ZERO Athlete since competing in an 2012 NYC IRONMAN event, after losing a very good friend to prostate cancer. Year after year, Dan has been a top fundraiser and has raised tens of thousands of dollars for ZERO through creative fundraising, including hosting gourmet wine and dinner parties out of his home in Northern California. In 2018, he raised more than $12,000 to fuel ZERO’s work. Whether he is suiting up for an IRONMAN World Championship, or storming Capitol Hill at ZERO’s Summit, this Executive Pastor is a top-performer when it comes to representing ZERO.
Danielle Quinn: Danielle is a new ZERO Champion from the Napa Valley area. She went above and beyond this year and raised over $4,000 for the Summit, with $1,500 coming in the final 24 hours. She is determined, focused and passionate and does all of this in honor of her Dad, her Old Man River. Prostate cancer awareness and support is her calling and where she wants to focus her time and energy on behalf of her dad and every other man battling prostate cancer.
More men are surviving prostate cancer today because of the dedication and selfless generosity of William A. Schwartz. Bill was a founder and the first CEO of what is now ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer and later was Chairman of ZERO’s BOD. Diagnosed at 55 and given two years to live, Bill quickly became a leading pioneer in the prostate cancer advocacy movement. Under Bill’s leadership, ZERO’s work spearheaded the creation of the Prostate Cancer Research Program (PCRP) at the DOD, and he later served as a peer review member of program.
Bill’s influence on ZERO is still felt today. Fighting for increases for the PCRP is central to our mission. After an eight-year fight, Bill passed away from the disease in 2002. His wife, Marlene, and their children, Jonathan, Cindy, and Michael, have continued Bill’s fight to save lives and stop the pain and suffering from prostate cancer. Jonathan has been on ZERO’s BOD since 2008 and was chairman for six years.
Rev. Dr. Wesley Williams, Jr. is a retired partner at Covington and Burling law firm, retired Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, and prostate cancer survivor, Wesley Williams was the first African American Chairman of the Board at ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer, a post he held for eight years. Under Wes’s leadership, ZERO launched a free screening program and garnered national attention for the cause through marketing partnerships with MLB, NASCAR, and several Fortune 500 companies.
Wes was the original prostate cancer mentor to countless men looking for advice and wisdom about their prostate cancer journeys. Wes is the first African American to serve both as legal counsel to a US Senate Committee and president of the Harvard Law School Association world-wide. He currently serves as the Cathedral Priest Scholar and Chaplain at Washington National Cathedral and continues to serve as co-chairman of the BOD and co-CEO of Lockhart Companies, Inc and lives with his wife Karen Hastie Williams in Washington, DC. They are proud parents of three and grandparents of six.
For over 30 years Dr. Sanford Siegel has cared for men stricken with prostate cancer. In 2018, Sandy’s fight against the disease got personal when he was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer.
Sandy is the former CEO and founder of Chesapeake Urology Associates and founded the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk in 2007. The race series now stands at 47 events from coast to coast. The race series is a unique model as it brings patients, families, doctors, and communities together by uniting urology practices with ZERO to save lives. Sandy has raised over $5 million from the most successful ZERO Run/Walk in Baltimore. Those funds are used toward funding research, providing free testing, and awarding scholarships to bright young minds entering the field of urology with a focus on fighting prostate cancer. His efforts have also lead to enabling hundreds of high risk men to get tested for prostate cancer across eastern Maryland. He is a former member of ZERO’s BOD and during his tenure, the organization doubled in size.