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Ilana Ostrin

Virtual ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk Celebrations Will Raise Critical Funds for Patients Challenged by COVID-19

Washington, D.C., June 18, 2020 – With the rise of COVID-19, the nation’s only event series solely dedicated to prostate cancer knew that canceling the series was not an option, as the prostate cancer community needed more support than ever before. That’s why ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer is taking all its events virtual in 2020. Every day, COVID-19 poses many challenges for vulnerable and immunocompromised cancer patients. ZERO’s virtual events will offer a beacon of hope and a way to make a difference for patients and their families who are struggling medically, financially, and emotionally. 

Funds raised through the virtual event series will provide direct support to prostate cancer patients and families who have experienced emotional and financial distress due to the COVID-19 crisis. Participants will enjoy live interviews, education, and entertainment safely from their own homes. As of press time, the first-ever virtual event for Washington, D.C. and Salt Lake City communities on June 20 has raised more than $100,00 for patients and families in dire need of direct support.

“In an effort to uplift the prostate cancer community during this difficult time, the virtual events will retain a community feel and hopeful energy that is signature to ZERO’s in-person events,” said Jamie Bearse, ZERO CEO and President. “Patients and families need support more than ever and these events are just one way we can show them they are not alone during this global pandemic.” 

As the nation’s only event series solely dedicated to prostate cancer, the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walks bring critical funds and awareness to nearly 50 cities nationwide every year. In this new model, ZERO will continue to partner with local leading urology practices around the country to celebrate and support patients, survivors, caregivers, and all those impacted by prostate cancer. 

“For 11 years, Urology of Central PA (UCPA) has partnered with ZERO to host the annual Harrisburg Run/Walk,” said Terry Vennell and Cindy Nelson, UCPA employees and Race Directors for the Harrisburg event, which has raised more than $1 million for local prostate cancer patients since its inception. “We’re excited to engage with our community in a new, state-of-the-art format, and continue to bring funding, awareness, and education around prostate cancer to men and families in the Harrisburg area when they need it most.” 

Since the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk series began in 2008, more than 20,000 participants nationwide have attended their local event. A polling of past attendees (conducted by ZERO) showed that many are planning to attend the new virtual events and are excited for a new way to support those impacted by prostate cancer.

“For more than a decade, I’ve looked forward to my local Run/Walk each year,” said ZERO Board Member Cheryl Nikituk, who lost her husband Paul to the disease in 2007 at the age of 55. “My daughters and I can’t wait to experience all the great aspects of the Run/Walk in a virtual format, and celebrate all the amazing patients, caregivers, and survivors in my local prostate cancer community.”

The first of these new events will unite communities in the Salt Lake City and Washington, D.C. metropolitan areas on Saturday, June 20, with programming set to begin at 10 a.m. EDT. 

ZERO is grateful to AbbVie for their sponsorship of the ZERO Run/Walk. For more than a decade, AbbVie has served as a premier partner of the event series. Other generous national partners include Astellas, Pfizer, Bayer, Tolmar, and Boston Scientific. 

Dates for other upcoming celebrations will be announced in the near future. Registration for all virtual events is free; custom event shirts are available for a donation of $40. For more information and to register, visit zerocancer.run. 

About ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer

ZERO — The End of Prostate Cancer is the leading national nonprofit with the mission to end prostate cancer. ZERO advances research, improves the lives of men and families, and inspires action. We’re building Generation ZERO, the first generation of men free from prostate cancer, through our national run/walk series, education and patient support programs, and grassroots advocacy. ZERO is a 501(c)(3) philanthropic organization recognized with four out of four stars by Charity Navigator, accredited by the Better Business Bureau, with regional chapters across the country. We dedicate 86 cents of every dollar to research and programs. For more information, visit zerocancer.org.