Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Arlington Community Joins Forces to Help End Prostate Cancer

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

Capital Area Joins National Movement to End Prostate Cancer

10th annual ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk returns this June

ZERO - The End of Prostate Cancer joins forces with Potomac Urology to host the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk this June. The goal is to create Generation ZERO - the first generation of men free of prostate cancer. Participants from the DC-area will run and walk together on Father’s Day, June 18, to fight a disease that takes the life of an American man every 20 minutes.

The Capital Area joins 35+ 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. More than 7,730 men in DC, Maryland, and Virginia will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year.

“We are on a mission to educate men and their families about prostate cancer,” said Tara Nikituk, a local advocate and Run/Walk participant. “This year’s DC Run/Walk is the 10th anniversary of when we started fundraising with ZERO, and we will be there on Father’s Day to celebrate my dad and to help other men become more aware of the disease.”

Paul Nikituk was diagnosed with prostate cancer in October 2005, and lost his battle to the disease just 14 short months later. Since the loss of their loving husband and father, Paul’s wife Cheryl and their daughters, Meghan and Tara, have become passionate advocates for prostate cancer awareness and early detection. This year’s event is the 10th anniversary of their participation in the DC Run/Walk, and will be honoring Paul on Father’s Day in what has become a Nikituk family tradition.

“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.”

At this year’s tenth anniversary event, 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 the Run/Walk will go toward 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 the Pentagon Row Courtyard. For more information, visit www.zeroprostatecancerrun.org/dc.

About ZERO - The End of Prostate Cancer:
ZERO - The End of Prostate Cancer is the leading national nonprofit with the mission to end prostate cancer. ZERO advances research, improves the lives of men and families, and inspires action. We're building Generation ZERO, the first generation of men free from prostate cancer, through our national run/walk series, education and patient support programs, and grassroots advocacy. ZERO is a 501(c)(3) philanthropic organization, accredited by the Better Business Bureau, with regional chapters across the country. We dedicate 94 cents of every dollar to research and programs. For more information, visit www.zerocancer.org.