TOWSON, Md. (WJZ) — Prostate cancer takes the lives of more than 30,000 men every year. But thousands laced up their shoes Sunday to raise money for awareness in the fight against the disease.
Tim Williams has more on the ZERO Prostate Cancer Challenge.
It’s a healthy and athletic approach to fighting one of the most deadly diseases in America: prostate cancer.
“We’re very passionate about treating men and raising awareness in men. Because men tend to hide from health issues, and at least this can raise awareness for the disease,” said urologist and researcher Dr. Ronald Tutrone.
The ZERO Prostate Cancer Run is the premier men’s health race series in America. The event is a heartfelt, tight-knit community activity that brings together athletes, cancer survivors, physicians, caretakers, family members and friends.
“My dad had a bout of prostate cancer and because he did, I started getting checked when I was younger. I started getting checked at about 38 and I was diagnosed at 48, so it’s important to me to make sure I stay on top of my health and I’m so glad I did,” said survivor Robert Ginyard.
WJZ’s Vic Carter emceed the ceremony at Towson’s Johnny Unitas Stadium. Chesapeake Urology started the nationwide event.
“This year’s race is our seventh event. We’re now in 34 cities across the country, so we’re very proud to have started here in Baltimore. This is our best event ever. We’re probably going to have close to 2,000 runners and walkers this year,” said Chesapeake Urology CEO Dr. Sanford Siegel.
Each year, more than 240,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and more than 30,000 die from the disease. Fifty cents of every dollar raised stays local to fund research, testing and support. It’s a zero tolerance approach–one dollar and one step at a time toward finding a cure.
As part of WJZ’s Continuing Community Commitment, WJZ is a proud sponsor of the ZERO Prostate Cancer Challenge.