Fighting Prostate Cancer in Communities Nationwide
For twenty-five years, ZERO has made a significant impact in the fight against prostate cancer both nationally and locally. Partnering with our medical partners, we’ve spearheaded efforts to fund free screenings, hands-on care, research, and education to support and strengthen prostate cancer patients and families in their communities.
An integral part of the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk series is the community grant program. This program assists in funding local nonprofit organizations that are dedicated to helping prostate cancer patients and their families in their community. A percentage of the funds raised through ZERO’s Run/Walks goes directly back into communities across the country. Since 2006, ZERO has granted more than $4M to local groups to provide hands-on care, free screenings, research, and education. Through the grant program, ZERO is extending the reach of our patient support programs and educational resources to meet prostate cancer patients, their families, and at-risk individuals where they live. We are proud to partner with incredible organizations across the country that share our mission to end prostate cancer and are positively changing lives.
See the impact some of ZERO’s grants are making:
New Technology to Treat Prostate Cancer Patients at Martin O’Neil Cancer Center at St. Helena Hospital
Since 2015, the Napa Valley Prostate Cancer Run/Walk race directors — Sarah, Amy, and Julie — organize the event in honor of their father, Mark Memmott who they sadly lost to the disease. Each year these incredible sisters partner with community organizations. With the help of a grant from ZERO, they can promote affordable and accessible early detection and treatment.
In 2019, the “Daughters4Dad” helped ensure that the grant money from ZERO would bring the cutting-edge Calypso 4D Localization System to the Martin O’Neil Cancer Center at St. Helena Hospital in Napa Valley. As one of only two hospitals in the area that serves almost 140,000 individuals in a 60-mile radius, this radiation technology cuts treatment time in half and has fewer side effects.
In previous years, the sisters have used the grant money for awareness events and quickly realized their priority was to ensure that men had access to top medical care and better treatments. Their partner, St. Helena Hospital, has overflowed their words of gratitude for the grant and its technological impact.
Free Prostate Cancer Screenings at Bethesda Health Clinic and through Chesapeake Urology Associates
Having received over $110,000 from ZERO funded grants, the Bethesda Health Clinic has used its grants to fund prostate cancer care, education and awareness, and free prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screenings. The Tyler, Texas Run/Walk community has gathered together for over three years to ensure that Bethesda receives the grant. In previous years, the grant was used to give free PSA screenings at various events, offer critical medical testing, and provided one patient with radiation treatment and surgery.
Co-race director, Dr. James D. McAndrew, believes that “too many men are getting mixed messages about their healthcare… [and] men need to know their PSA number”. By partnering with ZERO, the Bethesda Medical Clinic has increased awareness of prostate screening to more men in East Texas.
Since 2011, ZERO has partnered with Chesapeake Urology Associates on a screening program partnership with African American churches in the Baltimore area. Since inception, there have been193 screening events at 21 African American churches and outreach organizations and nearly 10,000 free PSA screenings for Black men.
Increasing Prostate Cancer Awareness and Education with S.U.R.F. – Schellhammer Urological Research Foundation
SURF’s mission is to improve urological care in the Hampton Roads community and beyond through research, education, and compassionate innovative healthcare. After receiving a ZERO funded grant through the local Run/Walk, SURF has provided more prostate cancer resources, education, and clinical services along with updating their website to make it more interactive.
The ZERO funded grant also allows SURF to conduct long-term, quality of life studies of prostate cancer patients as it pertains to urinary and sexual function. The data gathered will be helpful for all prostate cancer patients in understanding the long-term effects of their treatment options. In addition, Dr. Schellhammer has also held educational conferences for general practitioners in the Virginia Beach area, which stressed the importance of PSA and DRE prostate cancer screenings.
Our Chapter Directors know first hand the great impact ZERO’s grants are making in their chapters. Emily Sybrant penned a blog about the great impact being made by ZERO’s Community Grant Program in the Midwest. Check it out here.
For more information about ZERO’s grant opportunities or starting a Run/Walk in your community, please contact Betsy London at Betsy@zerocancer.org. To find a ZERO Run/Walk that gives back to your community, click here.