Great Prostate Cancer Challenge Raises Nearly $2 Million For Research and Awareness
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Great Prostate Cancer ChallengeÃ‚®, the premier men’s health event series in America, managed by ZERO – The Project to End Prostate Cancer, hosted events in 27 cities and raised nearly $2 million in 2011 for prostate cancer research, advocacy and awareness.
“This year, more than 240,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and more than 34,000 will die from the disease,” said Skip Lockwood, CEO of ZERO — The Project to End Prostate Cancer. “In partnership with urology groups across the country and our sponsors, ZERO works to reduce these numbers through the GPCC events, which raise funds for critical research, advocacy and awareness efforts.”
The goal of the GPCC is to end prostate cancer by building a network of local race partners across the country with a massive amount of participants in the same way that organizations like The Susan G. Komen Foundation have brought attention to breast cancer and women’s health issues.
In 2007, Chesapeake Urology Associates (CUA), one of the largest urology practice groups in the nation and located in the greater Baltimore area, created an event solely focused on prostate cancer. The first GPCC 5K Race/1 Mile Fun Walk was held in September during National Prostate Cancer Health Month. It was the most successful first-time event of its kind in Maryland, with more than 1,100 participants and over $135,000 raised.
After the success of the Baltimore event, other urology groups across the country joined the GPCC to create awareness and raise funds for prostate cancer research through highly successful 5K run events. In 2009, ZERO took on the GPCC as its signature awareness and fundraising program in its efforts to save lives through research and testing.
The GPCC series exploded in 2011 by hosting more than 12,000 athletes in 27 cities across the nation including Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, Detroit and a celebrity golf tournament Myrtle Beach, SC. In 2012, the event series will expand to 35 cities including new events in Fort Lauderdale, Cleveland, Los Angeles and Shreveport.
Funds from the event series go to national and local efforts to save lives from prostate cancer. National funds help ZERO increase prostate cancer research funding from the federal government and provide free testing for high-risk men and local funds provide education and free testing in event communities.
Premier Partner Abbott and many other national and local sponsors dedicated to ending prostate cancer support the GPCC.
To learn more about the GPCC, visit www.greatprostatecancerchallenge.com.
About ZERO — The Project to End Prostate Cancer (www.zerocancer.org)
As ZERO — The Project to End 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 through our national event series, the Great Prostate Cancer Challenge. We conduct free testing through the Drive Against Prostate Cancer mobile testing program and educate patients, families and those at risk.
SOURCE ZERO – The Project to End Prostate Cancer