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Inspiring leaders celebrated for making a difference in the prostate cancer fight during the pandemic
Washington, D.C. — On February 28, 2021, ZERO rolled out a virtual “blue” carpet for the third annual Bold for Blue Awards Ceremony. This yearly event celebrates the passionate and dedicated individuals who have made a bold impact in the fight against prostate cancer. The ceremony was held on the first night of the Virtual ZERO Prostate Cancer Summit, an online gathering of prostate cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers from around the world.
The Bold for Blue Awards is the only national awards program that recognizes prostate cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers for their efforts in fundraising, advocacy, and community impact. The recent ceremony — a recorded version of which can be viewed on Facebook — honored Legacy Award winners, Top Fundraisers, as well as the newest category of Impact Award Winners initiated last year.
Impact Award Winners
The Impact Awards honored three individuals who have gone above and beyond in their individual communities to raise awareness around prostate cancer. In 2020, the winners of the inaugural Impact Awards were Dr. Randy Kam, Stan Rosenfeld, and Joseph Musumeci. In 2021, the newest Impact Award Winners were announced to be:
- Stephanie Mueller of Ohio was honored for her indomitable efforts to make ZERO’s Virtual Run/Walk series a smashing success. Stephanie participated in 41 ZERO 5Ks, meaning she ran 127.1 miles in 78 days! Decked out in blue each mile, Stephanie pounded the pavement in honor of her father, a prostate cancer survivor, to raise awareness and funds for prostate cancer patients.
- Freddie Muse Jr. of California is a prostate cancer survivor and founder of The Men’s Cancer Network. Through his work, Freddie helps provide prostate cancer resources and support for Black men in the greater Los Angeles area.
- Meghan Nikituk of Virginia live-streamed creative videos on her social media channels to raise awareness during ZERO’s Run/Walk season, and throughout ZERO’s November Grow & Give campaign. These videos inspired others to participate and donate and showcased informative and educational prostate cancer facts.
Legacy Award Winners
Three honorees also took home Legacy Awards on Sunday evening. Legacy Awards recognize those who have shown passionate commitment and dedication over many decades of service to the prostate cancer community. This year’s awardees were the “Daughter 4 Dads” of Napa Valley: Sarah Dunn, Amy Donaldson, and Julie Tofte.
After losing their grandfather to the disease, watching their father’s long battle with prostate cancer, and then experiencing their uncle’s recent diagnosis, they knew it was critical to raising awareness in their local community. Since 2014, the sisters have participated in ZERO’s fundraising campaigns and events, including their very own Run/Walk, which has raised thousands of dollars for patients and families since its inaugural year.
Bold for Blue Award Winners
The 25 awardees in the Bold for Blue category are the teams and individuals that make up the heart and soul of ZERO and our mission — they are the reason why ZERO can make a difference in so many communities nationwide. Each year, the top 25 Bold for Blue winners are chosen for their fundraising efforts and community involvement.
“In a year that brought many challenges, our Bold for Blue winners’ passion, grit, and determination in the fight to end prostate cancer was incredibly inspiring,” said ZERO CEO Jamie Bearse. “When patients needed them most, they stood up against all odds to raise critical funds, increase awareness, and help others. These amazing individuals are a critical part of the driving force behind our mission to zero out prostate cancer.”
Bold for Blue winners raised money for patients and families through ZERO’s various fundraising programs — including the national Run/Walk series, endurance program, DIY, Grow & Give, Tee-Offs, and more.
“ZERO provides the support and love patients need to get through trying times; even more so with the complexity of COVID on top of cancer,” said Lyle Leuck, a ZERO Champion and Bold for Blue winner. “ZERO empowers me as a patient to speak up and advocate and take bold action and move the fight against prostate cancer forward on a daily basis. Being a part of ZERO makes me feel like I am a part of the solution.”
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 and help all who are impacted. ZERO advances research, provides support, and creates solutions to achieve health equity to meet the most critical needs of our community. From early detection to survivorship, ZERO is the premier resource for prostate cancer patients and their families to access comprehensive support, make meaningful connections, and take action to save lives. Our dedicated national and chapter staff is joined with a growing team of passionate volunteer champions to increase advocacy, awareness, and community engagement to ZERO out prostate cancer. ZERO is recognized with four out of four stars by Charity Navigator and accredited by the Better Business Bureau. ZERO spends more on programs than any other prostate cancer charity, dedicating 85 cents of every dollar to support, education, and research.