ELEVENTH ANNUAL ZERO PROSTATE CANCER RUN/WALK RETURNS DURING PROSTATE CANCER AWARENESS MONTH
HARRISBURG, PA – ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer joins Urology of Central Pennsylvania to host the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk this September. The goal is to create Generation ZERO – the first generation of men free of prostate cancer. Participants from Harrisburg will run and walk together on September 21 to fight a disease that takes the life of an American man every 18 minutes.
Shawn Russell was diagnosed with Stage IV prostate cancer at only 43 years old. Now in remission as of December, Shawn underwent six rounds of chemotherapy, Lupron treatment, and a clinical trial to treat his disease. In addition to his treatment plan, Shawn altered his diet to improve his health and increased his fitness level where he could – which includes participating in the ZERO Run/Walk as Captain of Team Super Shawn. He’s sharing his story at this year’s race so that more men know that it’s not just an old man’s disease and that early detection is vital.
“I am determined in spite of the odds before me to live a full life,” said Shawn. “I plan to see my children get married, enjoy my future grandchildren, someday celebrate a 50th wedding anniversary, and share hope and love with others facing cancer and the struggles that come with it.”
Harrisburg joins 40+ communities across the nation as part of the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk series. The Run/Walk promotes awareness for prostate cancer and encourages men to be informed about their risk. Prostate Cancer Awareness Month brings the national spotlight to prostate cancer, encouraging this vital and necessary awareness on both a national and local level. More than 7,360 men in Pennsylvania will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year.
“The ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk rallies communities and gives participants a voice in the fight to end prostate cancer,” said ZERO CEO Jamie Bearse. “We’re making prostate cancer a national priority. The Run/Walk series is a way to mobilize the prostate cancer community and raise funds for patient support programs to ensure that no man has to face prostate cancer alone.”
Run/Walk participants will receive tech shirts, free food and prizes, and the opportunity to connect with others who are impacted by prostate cancer. Funds raised for this year’s Run/Walk event will go toward local and national efforts to provide research for new treatments, to enhance patient support resources, and to educate men and families about prostate cancer.
The race will take place at City Island. For more information, visit www.zeroprostatecancerrun.org/harrisburg.
About ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer
ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer is the leading national nonprofit organization with the mission to end prostate cancer. ZERO advances research, encourages action, and provides education and support to men and their families through our patient-centric programs. ZERO’s premier activities include the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk, America’s largest men’s health event series. We are a 501(c)(3) philanthropic organization accredited by the Better Business Bureau, and 85 cents of every dollar donated goes to research and programs. For more information, visit www.zerocancer.org.