His diagnosis – and the impact the disease had on the men in his family – inspired Mark to bring increased prostate cancer awareness to his home state of Iowa. With the support of his wife and children, both during his prostate cancer journey and after his treatment, Mark began the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk – Des Moines in September 2015.
Now the Race Director for the Second Annual ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk in Des Moines, Mark also joins ZERO at the Prostate Cancer Summit each year to speak with his elected officials about the importance of prostate cancer research funding. He can often be found speaking with members of his local community as well as local media about the importance of awareness for the disease. His passionate, tireless efforts have brought increased awareness to the men in his community, allowing them to connect with other survivors and to raise funds for the cause.
When I was diagnosed with prostate cancer, I wanted to get involved in bringing awareness to my local community in Des Moines, but I found that there were no opportunities for events like the Run/Walk at that time. I began my own race here to fill that need, and partnering with ZERO was the perfect way to do so. So many lives are affected by prostate cancer, and it’s important to me that we help as many men and families as possible.
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