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Ilana Ostrin

Online Celebration Will Raise Funds to Support Patients During COVID-19 Crisis 

Washington, D.C., May 20, 2020 – ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer is bringing the first-ever virtual celebration for prostate cancer to the greater D.C. area this Father’s Day weekend. To honor area dads, ZERO is raising awareness for a disease that affects 1 in 9 men. On Saturday, June 20, the DMV community is invited to head online for an inspiring day that will show the love to local prostate cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers. 

This digital gathering replaces the ZERO Cancer Run/Walk that was initially set to be held in-person but was moved to a cyber experience due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The online event will retain a community feel and spirit of hope that is signature to ZERO’s nationwide Prostate Cancer Run/Walk series in about 45 cities across the country. Programming will include live interviews, performances, the chance to get outside for unique activities, and more.

“While COVID-19 is changing how the DMV comes together, our commitment to support patients and families through this crisis remains the same,” said Caitlin Murphy, ZERO’s Mid-Atlantic Chapter Director. “With D.C. leading the nation in prostate cancer diagnoses and deaths last year, it’s important that we continue to spread disease awareness and educate local men, even in a time of pandemic.”  

“The increased financial and emotional needs for patients due to COVID-19 are devastating,” said Cheryl Nikituk, a prostate cancer caregiver, ZERO Board Member, and Northern Virginia resident. “Together, we can show love and support to prostate cancer patients, caregivers, and survivors during these difficult times, and honor those we’ve lost to the disease.”

Specific event line-up details for the upcoming celebration will be released closer to the date. Some examples of the festivities include:

  • A fundraising spotlight and local highlights that will shine a light on D.C.’s premier warriors in the fight against prostate cancer 
  • A touching ceremony honoring survivors
  • An informative educational segment led by physicians from Potomac Urology that will inform the community on all things prostate cancer
  • And much more!

Registration for the web-based gathering is free. Custom event shirts are available for a donation of $40. Registrants are encouraged to fundraise leading up to the event date, as all funds raised will provide direct support to local prostate cancer patients and families who have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Visit zerocancer.run/dc to register and for more information.

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.