On Sunday, September 24, 2017, Towson University’s Johnny Unitas Stadium will serve as the venue for Chesapeake Urology’s annual ZERO Prostate Cancer Challenge event.
The challenge features a 10K run; 5K run and walk; a one-mile walk; a Kids’ Superhero Dash for Dad; an organized Zumba workout, and a virtual Snooze for Dudes program.
Several Baltimore sports legends, including: Earl “The Pearl” Monroe, Lenny Moore, and Charlie Pittman also plan to be on hand.
“You should already have your calendar marked for Sunday, September 24, 2017, 7:30 a.m. at the beautiful Johnny Unitas Stadium on the Towson University campus, and if you have not registered then I need you to register and donate to this important cause,” said Dr. Sanford J. Siegel, president and CEO of Chesapeake Urology in Owings Mills. “We must support men’s health initiatives, just as women do theirs.”
With more than $3.5 million raised over the past decade, donations have funded free prostate cancer screenings and a scholarship for a prostate cancer researcher through the Urology Care Foundation of the American Urological Association.
“We have saved many lives through our screening, and our 2016 researcher was noted as the top researcher in the field,” Dr. Siegel said.
The event includes a family-friendly post-race celebration and participants will receive T-shirts, free food and the opportunity to connect with others who are affected by prostate cancer.
“ZERO is proud to partner with
Chesapeake Urology Associates to end prostate cancer. The funds raised from ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk— Baltimore are invested around the country to provide research for new treatments, free prostate cancer testing, and educate men and families about prostate cancer,” the organization said in a news release.
“Locally, over the past ten years, we have raised over $3 million for prostate cancer research, education, free screenings for early detection, and advocacy.”
This year marks the 11th year of the event and Dr. Siegel says it continues to grow because organizers are passionate about educating everyone about prostate disease— letting them know that it’s “very curable” if diagnosed early.
“Men need to face the realization that we are vulnerable if we do not take care of ourselves. We are touching people throughout the year with our free prostate cancer screenings and have raised [millions] for prostate cancer research,” Dr. Siegel said. “Chesapeake Urology is making a difference every day that benefits our employees, our patients and the community.”
For those who register and donate, the funds will help organizers reach their goal of raising more than $500,000 for this year’s event, according to Dr. Siegal.
“Donate, come out and participate for someone you care about who has been touched by prostate cancer, or any cancer,” Dr. Siegel said. “Or, just come out for a great time. You only have [until the event day] to make a difference in someone’s life. I hope you will want to be a part of the 2017 ZERO Prostate Cancer Run,” he said.
To register or to make a donation, visit: www.zerobaltimore.org.