For years Val Moore wanted to host her own “walk” event to raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer, a disease her dad has been battling for decades. Denny Moore, a Vietnam Veteran, was diagnosed in 1996 when he was 47. Over the past 20 years, Denny’s cancer has recurred five times, with the most recent recurrence spreading to the bone.
Throughout her father’s battle, Val has served as his caregiver and has done everything in her power to keep him happy and positive, and to help him battle his disease. Val discovered ZERO and immediately set up a personal fundraising page for the local ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk in 2015. She set her goal at $1,900 to represent the 19 years her father had been battling the disease. Little did she know that not only would she surpass that goal, but that she would become the top overall team and individual fundraiser in the entire 2015 national ZERO Run/Walk series.
Val is a dedicated, passionate advocate for ZERO, often participating in speaking opportunities and media interviews to help raise awareness for the cause, which is so close to her heart. She knows that she can’t cure her father’s cancer, but her love and support are vital to getting him through the tough times, and the funds she raises go a long way toward research for that cure.
Raising money for ZERO has allowed me to do my part to help men like my dad and families like ours battle this disease. I have far exceeded my fundraising expectations, but I’m not stopping here – this is just the beginning.