10th Anniversary ZERO Prostate Cancer Challenge/Baltimore is September 25th

Published On: 09/02/2016

SURVIVORS, SUPPORTERS AND CELEBS – WHY THE 10TH ANNUAL ZERO PROSTATE CANCER CHALLENGE/BALTIMORE (ZPCC) IS SET TO BE THE BIGGEST, BEST EVENT YET

CHESAPEAKE UROLOGY’S ZPCC 2016 AIMS TO BREAK RECORDS, CONTINUE LIFE SAVING WORK, AND HELP FIND CURE FOR PROSTATE CANCER.

 

What do country singer/songwriter Jimmy Charles, two-time World Series champ and prostate cancer survivor Ken Griffey, Sr., and Olympic runner Sanjay Ayre have in common? They will all be joining the 10th annual ZERO Prostate Cancer Challenge/Baltimore, Chesapeake Urology’s premier event to help fight and find a cure for prostate cancer, to be held on Sunday, September 25 at Towson University’s Johnny Unitas Stadium. 

Bob Turk of WJZ-TV, one of Baltimore’s most respected weather-casters, will emcee the event.  

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the ZPCC Baltimore has a goal of raising $600,000 in 2016 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 2015, the ZERO event raised $505,000. 

[Register or donate – visit www.Zerobaltimore.org]

“Approximately 180,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year – one new case every 2.5 minutes – and more than 26,000 will die from the disease,” said Chesapeake Urology’s President and CEO Sanford Siegel, M.D. “This is a treatable cancer if found early. Chesapeake Urology is committed to finding a cure and saving more lives.”

 

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 well-known individuals, will be in attendance including: 

  • Ken Griffey, Sr., two-time World Series champ and prostate cancer survivor. Mr. Griffey is spokesman for the organization, Men Who Speak Up (www.menwhospeakup.com), a national movement to raise awareness about the signs and symptoms of advancing prostate cancer. 

  • 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: http://www.jimmycharlesmusic.com/].

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

  • Laurie DeYoung of WPOC radio’s Laurie DeYoung Show and Country Music DJ Hall of Famer.

 

 

Something for Everyone at the 2016 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 25

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 Start

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

 

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 10th year, the ZERO Prostate Cancer Challenge has expanded from one event in Baltimore nine years ago to 37 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 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.

Special thanks to major sponsors for the 2016 ZPCC/Baltimore including: CareFirst, WJZ-TV, Dendreon, Boston Scientific, Henry Schein, Medivation, O’Brecht Properties, Advanced Radiology, American Radiology Service and Community Radiology Associates.

  

To learn more, to register for the race or to make a donation, visit the http://www.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1135361 or call Jenifer Patterson at 443-738-2738.