The ZERO Prostate Cancer Challenge - Our Committment to the Community
Chesapeake Urology is dedicated to ending prostate cancer by helping to find a cure for this devastating disease. To demonstrate our strong committment to ending this disease, we created the Great Prostate Cancer Challenge (GPCC) in 2007, a fundraising initiative focused solely on prostate cancer research, awareness and free screenings for men in need.
Dr. Sanford J. Siegel, our President and CEO, helped lead the formation of the GPCC in 2007 and remains dedicated to the important cause. Just four years after it began, the Great Prostate Cancer Challenge has grown to more than 40 cities with over 15,000 participants thanks to the help of our nonprofit partner, ZERO-The End of Prostate Cancer.
As ZERO has become the event's nonprofit benefactor, this important fundraising effort is being renamed from the Great Prostate Cancer Challenge to the ZERO Prostate Cancer Challenge in 2013.
The vision for the ZERO event is to gain the same level of attention and fundraising viability as similar fundraising initiatives have for breast cancer, as one in six men in the U.S. develop prostate cancer.
ZERO Prostate Cancer Challenge, the premier men's health event series in America, brings golf, road races and testing events to dozens of cities across the nation in 2013. ZERO Prostate Cancer Challenge hosts heartfelt tight-knit community activities that bring together athletes, cancer survivors, physicians, caretakers, family members and friends in the fight to end prostate cancer. Our mission is to raise awareness and funds to provide research and free testing.
Support, and giving back to the community is one of Chesapeake Urology's core values. The ZERO Prostate Cancer Challenge is one way we uphold this value. In fact, this event is the only physician-based prostate cancer awareness and fundraising program in the country. Since the GPCC began in Baltimore, more than 40 other urology practices around the country have recognized the importance of this endeavor and created similar programs in their cities. Chesapeake Urology has helped raise more than $1 million in Baltimore to assist in finding a cure and spreading awareness of prostate cancer.
The ZERO Prostate Cancer 5K Run/1 Mile Fun Walk
The ZERO Prostate Cancer Challenge's fundrasing efforts include an annual 5K Run/1 Mile Fun Walk each September during National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.
The 2013 ZERO Prostate Cancer 5K Run will be held on September 29, 2013 at Towson University.
The ZERO Prostate Cancer Golf Event
The ZERO Prstate Cancer Golf event is a great day of golf, dining and camaraderie. Golfers enjoy the day while helping to raise funds for prostate cancer research, awareness and free screenings. Proceeds benefit ZERO-The Project to End Prostate Cancer.
Free Prostate Cancer Testing for Men in Need
A portion of the money raised stays local for the funding of free prostate cancer screenings held each year throughout the Baltimore Metro area. The locatons for these screening events are typically held in areas with an underserved population.
African American men are at a 60 percent greater risk for this disease. That is why Chesapeake Urology partners with many African American churches in the Baltimore area to offer these screenings. Our doctors and staff volunteer their time and expertise at many of these health events and to date, we have screened more than 4,000 men through this program.
What Organizations Benefit from our Fundraising Efforts?
Funding from the ZERO Prostate Cancer Challenge is donated to the nonprofits - ZERO- The Project to End Prostate Cancer, and the American Urological Association for its Chesapeake Urology Research Scholar Program. Both organizations are committed to putting an end to this deadly disease.
Donor and volunteer opportunities are available for people who would like to join our work to end prostate cancer. To volunteer or become a ZERO sponsor, please visit www.zerobaltimore.org or the official race FaceBook page for information or to make a donation.