Friday, June 13, 2014

Father's Day Race Benefits Prostate Cancer Awareness

From our friends at ZERO - The End of Prostate Cancer...

Seventh Annual ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk Comes to the Capital Area

Lace up your sneakers for the Seventh Annual ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk - Capital Area! Join ZERO - The End of Prostate Cancer Sunday, June 15 for a 4 mile run/walk, 1 mile fun walk, and Kids Superhero Dash or Dad at Pentagon Row in Arlington, Virginia. The run/walk series is taking place in 30+ cities nationwide in 2014 and raises awareness and funds to end prostate cancer, a disease affecting one in seven American men.

“Thousands are making a choice for a healthy lifestyle by walking or running to help end prostate cancer,” ZERO CEO Jamie Bearse said. “With the help of our 100-plus local partner network including doctor offices, local charities, and sponsors who come together for our family-friendly run/walk series, we’re taking a huge step closer to creating Generation ZERO - the first generation of men free from prostate cancer.”

Raising awareness and funding for prostate cancer research is especially important in the Washington, DC area, where more than 12,000 men in DC, Virginia and Maryland will die from the disease this year alone. The District has the highest prostate cancer incidence rate and death rate in the country and raising awareness is critical.

Paul Taylor, an active duty Army officer, was about to deploy to Afghanistan in 2012 when he was diagnosed with stage IV prostate cancer. The 41-year-old husband and father to three girls tackled the disease head on, learning all he could and starting a treatment plan consisting of hormone therapy, chemotherapy, and surgery while continuing to remain in command of a squadron with over 700 soldiers.

Paul credits continuing his normal routine as much as possible with helping him combat the anxiety and depression that comes with a cancer diagnosis and cherishes the support he’s received from his wife, kids, church, Army friends, soldiers and peers. Along with family and friends, Paul has formed the team DC Bandits for the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk - Capital Area. He has raised more than $1,700 to help end prostate cancer by funding new treatments and raising awareness.

Two new and exciting programs were added to the run/walk series in 2014. The Kids Superhero Dash for Dad is for kids ages nine and under. Kids can participate in a short dash on race day and receive superhero capes. They are encouraged to dress as their favorite superhero on race day to remind their heroes - Dad, Grandpa and other male role models - to take charge of their health.

Also new to the run/walk series is the Snooze For Dudes program. Participants who can't make it to the race, live out of town, or would rather sleep in than run or walk on race day can still participate and help end prostate cancer. Snooze for Dudes participants pay a registration fee and are eligible to fundraise and support the cause from the comfort of their own homes. They receive a t-shirt and are eligible for the same fundraising incentives as the participants who run/walk on race day.

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About ZERO - The End of Prostate Cancer:
ZERO - The End of Prostate Cancer is a national nonprofit organization with the mission to end prostate cancer. As a leader in the fight against prostate cancer, ZERO advances research, encourages action, and provides education and support to men and their families. ZERO's premier programs include the ZERO Prostate Cancer Challenge, the largest men's health event series in America. ZERO is a 501c3 charity, a Better Business Bureau member and 98 cents of every dollar donated goes to research and programs. For more information, visit

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