WASHINGTON, March 26, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Quentin "Skip" Lockwood, III, President and Chief Executive Officer of ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer has resigned his position in order to pursue a new opportunity at a family business in upstate New York. Skip lent his leadership skills to the organization for thirteen years, serving five of those as CEO.
"The Board would like to thank Skip for his incredible service and accomplishments with ZERO," said Jonathan Schwartz, Chairman of the Board of Directors at ZERO. "We are sad to see him go and wish him nothing but good fortune in his new endeavor."
Skip worked tirelessly for the past thirteen years to achieve his vision of Generation ZERO – the first generation of men free from prostate cancer. His legacy includes increasing the organization's operating budget from $1.3 million to $3.8 million, forging relationships with high profile organizations and celebrities to increase prostate cancer awareness, and educating countless men about the disease through ZERO's many programs and events.
During his time at ZERO, Skip was instrumental in bringing the Drive Against Prostate Cancer, a mobile education and cancer testing program, to the organization. The Drive, now known as ZERO Prostate Cancer Testing, has alerted more than 120,000 men to potentially live-saving information and educated countless others.
ZERO Prostate Cancer Challenge (ZPCC), now the largest men's health event series in the nation, was formed under Skip's leadership. Comprised of run/walks, golf tournaments and teams at top endurance events, ZPCC events are hosted by urology practices and oncology centers in more than 60 locations across the nation, bringing together athletes, cancer patients and survivors, physicians, caretakers, family members and friends in the fight to end prostate cancer.
Skip was a driving force in the movement to bring prostate cancer awareness from a backwater activity to a significant and viable activity to find a cure. Working with celebrities from Rudy Giuliani to Julius "Dr. J." Erving, and organizations including Major League Baseball, National Hockey League and NASCAR, Skip worked to educate men about their health and the importance of early detection.
When Skip became CEO, the organization changed its name from National Prostate Cancer Coalition to ZERO – The Project to End Prostate Cancer. The organization has grown from a staff of six to sixteen and recently updated its name to ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer during a rebranding. Skip worked to bring the organization to full transparency, attaining 501c3 charity and Better Business Bureau certifications.
"Skip is a pioneer in the field of men's health," said Jamie Bearse, incoming CEO at ZERO. "He does not believe in complacency and his energy and unique approach to challenges propelled ZERO to the front lines in the fight to end prostate cancer. His passion will be greatly missed as we continue to work to end this disease."
Skip, his wife Julie and son Harry are moving to upstate New York where Skip will join his father-in-law in running his family's industrial piping business.
About ZERO — The End of Prostate Cancer (www.zerocancer.org)
Zero prostate cancer deaths. Zero prostate cancer cases and for those with prostate cancer, it means a zero PSA. Our name conveys what we stand for – all action and zero tolerance for prostate cancer.
As ZERO — The End of Prostate Cancer, we commit ourselves not only to reduce prostate cancer or alleviate the pain from the disease but to end it. We see a future where all men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer will be cured or manage their illness with good quality of life, with the support they need to minimize physical and emotional suffering and to cope effectively throughout their cancer journeys.
To accomplish our goal, we increase research funds from the federal government to find new treatments and we fund local grants to end prostate cancer and educate men and families through our national event series, the ZERO Prostate Cancer Challenge.
We're a 501c3 charity, a Better Business Bureau member and 89 cents of every dollar donated goes to programs.
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