Sarah Dunn, Amy Donaldson, and Julie Tofte were born and raised in Napa Valley, CA. After losing their grandfather to the disease, watching their father’s long battle, and then experiencing their uncle’s recent diagnosis, they knew it was critical to raise awareness in their local community. Their efforts began with a month-long donation pledge program, and expanded in 2013 when they formed the Blue Ribbon 5K race. The sisters joined forces with ZERO in 2014 to support nationwide awareness and much needed fundraising. The 5K race in Napa Valley raised nearly $90,000 in its first year as a part of the ZERO Run/Walk Series.
Unfortunately, on Father’s Day that same year, the sisters lost their dad to an eight-year-long battle with prostate cancer. Mark Memmott was 61-years-old and had faced terrible pain for many years before losing his life to the disease.
Our dad was one of the strongest men we ever met,” said Amy said in an interview with the Napa Valley Register in 2014. “He was such a fighter and we want to continue to fight for him. This is all for him.
The sisters continue to make a difference in their community by annually hosting the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk – Napa Valley. What started as a local effort by three daughters has become part of a national movement that has touched the lives of so many men and their families.
Meet the sisters: