On Friday, September 21, more than 900 people gathered with a single purpose in mind — defeating a disease that has affected their lives. And they made a difference by raising nearly $135,000 to help fund ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer’s efforts to educate, provide free screenings, and do outreach to end the disease.
One in nine men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime and prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in men.
However, things are changing.
While many men are diagnosed with prostate cancer, most do not die from it, thanks to the dedicated research and early detection efforts of groups like ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer and Urology of Central Pennsylvania. The 2018 ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk was just one small component in the organizations’ efforts to eradicate the disease through education, screenings, and outreach.
Urology of Central PA dedicates two staff people to organize and run the Harrisburg event every year and it is quite a production. Planning for the next event begins only 3 months after wrapping up the event and lasts all year long.
The work pays off though as Cindy Nelson and Terry Vennell share how the race has grown over the past eleven years. The first years were small, but intimate gatherings, compared to the crowds of nearly a thousand now. As attendance grows, so does awareness in the region for the disease.
“A big part of why we hold this event is to raise awareness among men and their families about the dangers of prostate cancer and the importance of early detection,” shared Dr. Scott Owens, urologist at Urology of Central PA. “We are honored to work with a trustworthy organization like ZERO to fight prostate cancer through education, screenings and more.”
This year’s event featured some special highlights. Prostate cancer survivor Shawn Russell shared the story of his inspiring battle against the disease with event attendees at the event, followed by a special ceremony that recognized prostate cancer survivors and their caregivers.
Thank you to the many men and families who came out to the 2018 event. We look forward to a wonderful event in 2019!
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