WASHINGTON, May 19, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer is hosting nearly 40 run/walk events across the nation in 2015 to raise funds and awareness to end prostate cancer, a disease that affects one in seven American men. The series is the largest men's health event series in the nation, bringing together more than 20,000 prostate cancer patients and survivors, family members, friends, caretakers, and medical professionals to end the disease.
In the nation's capital, local DC participant Valerie Moore and her team, Denny's Shotgun Riders, are raising the bar. Val's father, a Vietnam Veteran, was diagnosed with prostate cancer at age 47, and over the 19 years his cancer has been treated and returned five times. Each time he has fought with a vengeance, and after his most recent recurrence - when they discovered that his cancer had spread to the bone - Val decided to bring her dream of raising funds and awareness to fruition by participating in ZERO's Run/Walk.
"As much as I would like to, I can't make my dad's cancer go away. I can't go through this for him, but I can do my best to love and support him while arming myself with as much knowledge as I can, in order to make his life as happy and normal as possible," said Moore. "Raising money for ZERO has allowed me to do my part to help men like my dad and families like ours battle this disease. I have far exceeded my fundraising expectations, but I'm not stopping here – this is just the beginning."
The ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk Series is hosted by ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer and its local partners, such as urology practices and oncology centers, and kicks off May 30 in Chicago and concludes in November in Greensboro, NC. The events consist of a 5K run, 1-mile walk, and Kids Superhero Dash for Dad. This year, ZERO also has the support of Nashville recording artist and American Idol contestant Jimmy Charles, who will perform his new song "Superman," an anthem dedicated to cancer patients and survivors, at several run/walks.
"As we approach Father's Day and Men's Health Month in June, our Run/Walk Series provides a national platform to make prostate cancer a top priority," ZERO CEO Jamie Bearse said. "Our purpose is to engage communities nationwide to raise funds and awareness in an effort to save lives and keep families together."
National sponsors include Abbvie, Bayer, Astellas, Medivation, Tolmar, Janssen, Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation, and Hanna Andersson.
SOURCE ZERO - The End of Prostate Cancer