Spreading the Word Together!

On December 20th, 2011, posted in: Blog by

The Great Prostate Cancer Challenge, which is the premier men’s health event series in America, raised nearly 2 million dollars in 2011 which will go to prostate cancer research, advocacy, and awareness.  According to the event manager ZERO’s CEO Skip Lockwood, 240,000 men will be diagnosed with this disease, 34,000 of which will die from it.  Partnering with urology groups from all over the country and with their sponsors, ZERO focuses on reducing the diagnosis and fatality numbers by putting on events such as the Great Prostate Cancer Challenge to raise money for research and education about this disease.  The goal of the GPCC event is to end prostate cancer by gaining a huge number of participants to help raise awareness.  The GPCC event uses tactics similar to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, which is a group that is doing the same thing for women’s health issues, especially breast cancer.

Back in 2007, one of the largest urology practice groups known as the Chesapeake Urology Associates hosted an event in the greater Baltimore area, which had more than 1,100 participants and raised over $135,000.  The event consisted of a 5K race or a 1 mile fun walk which was held in September during National Prostate Cancer Health Month, and was the most successful event of its kind in Maryland.  Other Urology groups began joining the GPCC to help raise money and awareness after the success of the 5K race in Baltimore.  By 2011, the GPCC exploded by hosting more than 12,000 athletes in 27 cities across the United States.  The funds from all of these programs go to national and local efforts to save lives that have been affected by prostate cancer.  Additionally, national funds from ZERO increase federal funding for prostate cancer research and provide free testing for high-risk men. ZERO is committed to end prostate cancer, and to help cure those who have been diagnosed with it.  To help reach their goal, ZERO increases federal funding to search for new treatments and they fund local grants to end prostate cancer through the GPCC.  They also conduct free testing via the Drive Against Prostate Cancer mobile testing program and strive to educate those diagnosed or at risk and their families.

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