Published On: 09/18/2017

What do country singer/songwriter Jimmy Charles, pro basketball hall of famer Earl Monroe, pro football hall of famer Leonard “Lenny” Moore, former Baltimore Bullet Phil Chenier, and Olympic runner Sanjay Ayre all have in common? They will all be supporting the 11th annual ZERO Prostate Cancer Challenge/Baltimore, Chesapeake Urology’s premier event to help fight and find a cure for prostate cancer, on Sunday, September 24 at Towson University’s Johnny Unitas Stadium. 

Celebrating its 11th anniversary, the ZPCC Baltimore has a goal of raising $550,000 in 2017 to help fund critical programs and services to fight prostate cancer, from free prostate cancer screenings for men in underserved communities throughout the greater Baltimore area, to groundbreaking research to find a cure for the disease that is the second leading cause of death in U.S. men. In 2016, the ZERO event raised $515,000.

Special thanks to our major sponsors for the 2017 ZPCC/Baltimore including: premier sponsor CareFirst, as well as key sponsors: WJZ-TV, Dendreon, Angelo Cooper of the CoopGroup at Keller Williams Realty, O’Brecht Properties, Advanced Radiology, American Radiology Services and Community Radiology Associates, PNC Wealth Management, Henry Schein and WB Mason. 

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“Approximately 160,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year – one new case every 2.5 minutes – and more than 28,000 will die from the disease,” said Chesapeake Urology’s President and CEO Sanford Siegel, M.D. “Chesapeake Urology is committed to finding a cure and saving more lives.”

[Watch the inspiring video on why we run/walk for the cause:]


Well-Known Names, Survivors Come Out to Support the Cause

In addition to the hundreds of teams, community members, families, friends and prostate cancer survivors, several special guests will be in attendance including: 

-          Leonard “Lenny” Moore, ZPCC/Baltimore Honorary Chair, prostate cancer survivor, pro football hall of fame player and a former Baltimore Colt.

-          Earl “The Pearl” Monroe, a basketball hall of famer, a four-time NBA All-Star guard, and an advocate for prostate cancer screening.

-          Jimmy Charles, the Nashville country music singer and songwriter, former American Idol contestant, and the national spokesman for ZERO- The End of Prostate Cancer. Jimmy teamed up with Chesapeake Urology patient and prostate cancer survivor to write what has become the “anthem” for all prostate cancer survivors and their loved ones called “Superman.” (Listen to Superman on Jimmy Charles’ website:].

-          Sanjay Ayre, Olympic runner and medalist from Jamaica, will serve as the ZPCC “pace runner,” leading all of the ZPCC runners out of the stadium at the start of this year’s race.

-          Philip Chenier is a former pro basketball player with the Baltimore Bullets, a broadcaster with the Washington Wizards, and supporter of the ZPCC/Baltimore.

-          Charles Pittman, former professional NFL player with the Baltimore Colts.

-          Albert Johnson, Jr., Baltimore native and NFL defensive back/running back with the Houston Oilers.

-          John Sykes, former NFL player with the Baltimore Colts.


Something for Everyone at the 2017 ZPCC

 A wide variety of events are schedule for the ZPCC Baltimore event, including:

  • A prostate cancer survivor breakfast
  • ZPCC 10K  and 5K run/walk race
  • 1 mile fun walk
  • Kids Superhero Dash for Dad
  • 30 minute ZUMBA class
  • Virtual Snooze for Dudes program (a virtual donation site for anyone who can’t make the race in person)


ZPCC Schedule of Events for Sunday, September 24

6:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. - Race Day Registration/Packet Pick-Up

6:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Survivor Breakfast

7:30 a.m. - Stage Program Start

8:30 a.m. - Run/Walk/Zumba Start

10:00 a.m. - Kids Superhero Dash for Dad Start

10:15 am - Medals presentation


A Brief History of the ZPCC

Witnessing the growing number of men affected by prostate cancer, Dr. Siegel, a passionate advocate for men’s health, founded the ZERO Prostate Cancer Challenge in 2007, then called the Great Prostate Cancer Challenge, in an effort to give back to the community and to raise research funds and awareness for the disease. Now in its 11th year, the ZERO Prostate Cancer Challenge has expanded from one event in Baltimore nine years ago to 39 cities around the country thanks to the support of the urology community. 

Since the inception of the ZERO Prostate Cancer Challenge/Baltimore, Chesapeake Urology has raised more than $3.5 million to help end prostate cancer. These funds support the free prostate cancer screening program, prostate cancer research scholarship and advocacy efforts through our non-profit partner, ZERO-The End of Prostate Cancer


To learn more, to register for the race or to make a donation, visit the

or call Jenifer Patterson at 443-738-2738.