9th Annual ZERO Prostate Cancer Challenge is September 20th
Published On: 09/01/2015
Continuing the fight against prostate cancer and leading the charge to raise funds to help find a cure for this disease, Chesapeake Urology will be sponsoring its 9th Annual ZERO Prostate Cancer Challenge/Baltimore (ZPCC) on Sunday, September 20, 2015 during Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. The event will be held at Towson University’s Johnny Unitas Stadium in Towson starting at 7:30 AM.
The Baltimore event includes 10K and 5K races, a 1-mile fun walk, a Kids Superhero Dash for Dad, and virtual Snooze for Dudes program. The ZPCC event pays tribute to survivors, creates a fun and healthy venue for families and others, raises awareness for prostate cancer, provides free screenings to men in the greater Baltimore region, and raises funds for life saving research.
Dr. Sanford J. Siegel, President and CEO of Chesapeake Urology, has been dedicated to raising funds to help find a cure for one of the deadliest diseases to affect men, here in the Baltimore region and throughout the country. According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is:
- The second leading cause of cancer death in American men, behind only lung cancer;
- About 1 man in 38 will die of prostate cancer; and
- About 1 man in 7 will be diagnosed with the disease during his lifetime.
Chesapeake Urology treats one third of the prostate cancer patients in Maryland. Witnessing the growing number of men affected by the disease, Dr. Siegel, a passionate advocate for men’s health, founded the ZERO Prostate Cancer Challenge in 2007, then the Great Prostate Cancer Challenge, in an effort to give back to the community and to raise research funds and awareness for the disease.
“Approximately 250,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year – one new case every 2.5 minutes – and more than 29,000 will die from the disease,” said Dr. Siegel. “This is a treatable cancer if found early. Chesapeake Urology is committed to raising funds to help find a cure and save more lives.”
A Brief History of the ZPCC
In 2012, the Great Prostate Cancer Challenge name was changed to ZERO Prostate Cancer Challenge for the 38 cities across the nation that now hold events for prostate cancer awareness and fund raising. Since the inception of the ZERO Prostate Cancer Challenge, Chesapeake Urology has raised more than $2.5 million to help end prostate cancer. These funds support our free prostate cancer screening program, Chesapeake Urology Prostate Cancer Research Scholarship through the American Urology Association’s Urology Care Foundation and advocacy efforts through our non-profit partner, ZERO-The End of Prostate Cancer. Now in its ninth year of raising money to find a cure for prostate cancer, the ZERO Prostate Cancer Challenge has expanded from one event in Baltimore nine years ago to 38 cities around the country thanks to the support of the urology community.
In 2014, The ZERO event raised $411,000 for prostate cancer research, free screening programs and services. The goal for 2015 is $500,000. For the second year, Maryland native and Nashville Singer/Songwriter, Jimmy Charles, will make a special guest appearance, performing his prostate cancer tribute song, “Superman.”
Chesapeake Urology thanks its key national and local sponsors: Abbvie, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, Dendreon, Cardinal Health, Advanced Radiology, American Radiology Services, American Medical Systems, Community Radiology Associates, AutoNation, Henry Schein, Johns Hopkins Imaging, and Obrecht Properties, LLC. Media Sponsors include: WJZ, The Baltimore Sun Media Group, WPOC.