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The Nikituks

Paul Nikituk was diagnosed with prostate cancer in October 2005, and lost his battle to the disease just 14 short months later. Since the loss of their loving husband and father, Paul’s wife Cheryl and their daughters, Meghan and Tara, have become passionate advocates for prostate cancer awareness and early detection.

Cheryl knew that her husband would have wanted his family to fight for other men and families battling the disease, to prevent what happened to him from happening to other men. They work to spread awareness in their community on the importance of early detection, which could have saved Paul’s life.

As DC-area residents, they’ve also participated in ZERO’s Run/Walk – Capital Area from the very first race, raising more than $70,000 for the cause. The Nikituks are on a mission to educate men and their families about prostate cancer, and are fighting for the importance of education to keep more families from losing their loved one the way they lost Paul.

When my father was diagnosed with prostate cancer, we were all adults, but it was hard to hear that the person that you love had cancer. We all really pulled together, all doing our part of researching doctors, researching possible treatments…anything that we could do to help him live, and to help him survive. But there was only so much that we could do. We were always a close family, but it this pulled us together. Meghan Nikituk

Hear from Cheryl and Meghan