By: Lauren Cosca, Contributing Writer
This past weekend, Towson hosted the Zero Prostate Cancer Run 5K to raise funds and awareness for the disease, which affects 2.8 million American men currently living in the U.S.
On Sept. 20, Towson brought over 4,500 runners of all ages, which is 25 percent more participants than last year’s run, to Unitas Stadium at 8:30 a.m.
As of Saturday afternoon, Baltimore alone had raised over $400,000.
For every dollar raised by the runs, which are happening all over the country, 97 cents go to activities and programs with Zero.
All profits are split half and half nationally and locally to help spread the word, and to help with research involving prostate cancer. The funds go toward researching the disease, testing those at risk and looking to educate those who are unaware of what prostate cancer really is.
The run was planned by an organization called “Zero- The End of Prostate Cancer” that was founded by Chesapeake Urology Associates in 2007.
This business treats around one third of prostate cancer patients in Maryland.
Their mission includes “the destination for taking action to end prostate cancer and making prostate cancer research a national priority,” as well as working to create “Generation ZERO,” the first generation of men free from prostate cancer, according to their website.
The organization also works to provide direct support to all of those
who suffer from prostate cancer and their families and give support to all types of research in the most impactful way.
Since the organization began, they have raised over $2.5 million dollars.
The members of this organization have been planning this run since right after the previous year’s run ended last September.
“A tremendous amount of planning and work are required to support this type of event, and to make it the huge success it was today,” Patricia Schnably, the Vice President of Marketing and Communication at Chesapeake Urology, said.
The team that raised the most money out of more than 125 teams was the 76 member team, Jay Birds, at $8,186.
“I just try to do the race to support prostate cancer,” runner Dave Shewbridge, who had prostate cancer eight years ago and continues to support this cause, said.
For more information on this organization and how to participate in future runs, visit zerocancer.org.