Philadelphia and Coachella Valley Among New Locations Joining Fight to #EndProstateCancer
Washington, D.C., April 24, 2019 – The ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk Series is expanding! With races already in major markets including Los Angeles and New York City, ZERO has secured sites in four new locations for 2019 – Philadelphia, Coachella Valley, Omaha, and Knoxville. In total, there will be 42 Run/Walks throughout the country from May to November. ZERO’s race program is the largest men’s health event series in the U.S. and only nationwide prostate cancer run/walk series.
“Nearly 100 percent survive prostate cancer when it’s caught early. That’s why it’s important to bring the fight to end prostate cancer to each and every local community,” said ZERO CEO and President Jamie Bearse. “Engaging new cities this year means we can educate more families about prostate cancer risk and screening, increase research funding, and provide direct support for patients and their families.”
One in nine men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. It’s also the most commonly diagnosed non-skin cancer in U.S. men. With the help of urology practice partners, volunteers, and ZERO staff, the ZERO Run/Walk series empowers communities and brings together men of all ages, races, and backgrounds to share their experiences.
“At my first race, I didn’t know what to expect.” said Chris Hartley, a prostate cancer survivor and Austin Run/Walk participant. “I left feeling a new sense of community and filled with hope. No man should have to fight this disease alone and attending a ZERO Run/Walk helped me realize my community is here for me.”
The Run/Walk series raised $4.3M in 2018 and more than $24M since its inception in 2006. In addition, the series has brought together more than 115,000 patients, families, and health advocates. The money raised provides local prostate cancer resources and support. In the last 13 years, ZERO has granted a total of $15.2M to local organizations to provide hands-on care, free screening, awareness, and education. In addition, funds benefit national efforts to provide research for new treatments and direct support for patients and their families.
“Prostate cancer is a heavy topic, but it’s important that there’s a celebratory atmosphere at these races,” said Bearse. “We help each community amplify their cause-driven passion to stop this disease. There are touching and inspirational ceremonies to honor patients, survivors, and caregivers and a platform for them to share their stories. Kids are encouraged to wear superhero costumes and the capes provided to Kids Dash participants. There’s also music, food, and fun to help participants make new connections and forge friendships.”
ZERO’s first Run/Walk of the year takes place on May 18 in Omaha. The bulk of the events are held in September, which is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Each event features a ceremony to honor patients, survivors, and caregivers and the “Blue Mile”, the final mile of each race, which features tributes to those we have lost to the disease and those who are still fighting.
A Premier Partner since the inception of the series, Abbvie has been instrumental to the success and expansion of the Run/Walk to its current nationwide presence.
For more information on the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk, visit www.zeroprostatecancerrun.org.
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 85 cents of every dollar to research and programs. For more information, visit www.zerocancer.org.