When his father was diagnosed with prostate cancer at the young age of 54, Evan Denhart knew he had to take action. He married his passion for golf with his goal of finding a cure for prostate cancer. In his father’s honor and in memory of all who have lost their battles with the disease, he began the Tom Denhart Memorial Golf Tournament, which celebrated its 18th anniversary of raising funds and awareness for prostate cancer in 2015.
In 2009, Evan’s father lost his battle with prostate cancer, and Evan made his commitment to end prostate cancer full time. He founded and led the Prostate Awareness Research Foundation (PAR for Life), a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing awareness, education, and finding a cure for the disease. PAR for Life hosted awareness events, formed important partnerships with prostate cancer researchers, and helped put the prostate cancer cause on the map in the Portland area. In 2013, Evan merged his organization with ZERO to help unify the movement. Evan knew that together, these organizations could make a bigger impact toward ending prostate cancer once and for all.
As part of ZERO’s Executive Team, Evan held vital roles in fundraising and new business, traveling the country as ZERO’s ambassador and spearheading the expansion of ZERO’s event series nationwide. To further increase awareness on the West Coast, he also headed up the Pacific Northwest Chapter and started inaugural Run/Walks in Salt Lake City and Portland. These events collectively engaged hundreds of people and local businesses, and raised more than $100,000. Evan left his position at ZERO in 2016 to pursue a career in commercial real estate. Evan continues to be an active advocate and an inspiration for others who have lost loved ones to the disease.
I lost my father to prostate cancer, and that’s the reason I’m here. That is why we’re all here – for the patients and survivors. We’re here to end prostate cancer.