ZEROHOUR Extra - Eastern Region, March 2022
Welcome to the new ZEROHour Extra - Eastern Region newsletter. This new e-resource will be shared quarterly to provide you with useful information on local prostate cancer events, news, and inspiring stories in your community.
Your Regional Impact at Bold for Blue
Congrats to our top Eastern Region Champions who have been recognized for their amazing efforts benefiting the prostate cancer community over the past year. These inspirational award winners were honored at the Bold for Blue Awards which kicked off the 2022 ZERO Prostate Cancer Summit on March 4. Bring a smile to your face and read the stories behind the winners and watch the heartwarming award ceremony video by clicking the link below.
Upcoming ZERO Run/Walks
Check out this picture! This says it all. This shows how excited everyone is to get back together, in person, for our Run/Walk Series starting this summer and continuing into the fall. Registration is already open, teams are forming, and there is some competition brewing to have the largest, most enthusiastic, and highest fundraising team. The following Run/Walk events are set to happen in your region before July:
June 12, 9:00 a.m. Eastern
Capital Area Run/Walk
June 18, 8:00 a.m. Eastern
Rockland County Run/Walk
June 26, 9:00 a.m. Eastern
Valley Cottage, NY
Visit zerocancer.run to find a city near you. Register today (at no cost) to be kept up to date on the largest teams and top fundraisers as we set registration on FIRE this year!
Megan Robertson and Gene "El Jefe"
"My Daddy-O, Gene, earned the nickname ‘El Jefe' (The Boss) from his coworkers at the Carlisle Area School District after dedicating 35 years of his life to teaching seventh-grade biology. Shortly after retiring, he became ‘The Boss of Babysitting.' While my husband and I returned to work, he undertook the Monday - Friday care of his youngest grandchild, my daughter Evelyn, when she was only a month old. Now, as a stage 4 prostate cancer patient, he's filling the role of ‘The Boss' at his karaoke sessions while he's at the CTCA. No matter what life throws at him, he takes charge like only a Boss could. And that is why I choose to #doitfordad.”
- Megan Robertson
» Read more about ZERO Run/Walk Team El Jefe.
Your Local Impact
2022 Lowcountry Open Fishing Tournament
The South Atlantic Chapter is excited to announce that registration is open for the 2022 Lowcountry Open Fishing Tournament. The tournament features both Kingfish and Offshore Divisions. The tournament will take place on June 18 in Charleston, SC. The Captain's Party on June 16 will raise awareness about prostate cancer and funding for ZERO's mission. If you'd like to attend the Captain's Party, enter to fish the tournament, or would like to sponsor the event, please visit www.thelowcountryopen.com.
Shop Talk 2 - Annual Father's Day Weekend Men's Health Fair
This annual health fair will take place on June 18 at Albany State University in Albany, GA, hosted by Phoebe Putney Health System. The event includes blood pressure and cholesterol testing as well as PSA screenings. The Healthy Fathers, Healthy Families-themed event will include a conversation in a setting that is familiar to the audience: three barber chairs and an open dialogue.
"This is a conversation that starts every day in the barbershop, and we're going to bring it to life," event organizer Darrell Sabbs said of this year's version. "Ain't no boundaries in the barbershop. Men talk about sports, they talk about girls. It's going to feel like you're in a barbershop. That's the effect I want. Everything starts with a conversation, so this is an opportunity for a conversation about your health. This is so cultural; you go there and you let your guard down. We're going to put on a show for you."
Team Bunch O Nuts is Ready to Go for 2022 Hampton Roads
On Thursday, February 24, ZERO Run/Walk team Bunch O Nuts hosted a team celebration/kick off party at Shorebreak Pizza in Virginia Beach. The turnout for the event was inspiring, especially hearing the stories of how everyone was connected and of the impact that team Bunch O Nuts has made over the years! The Pickled Pacers team captain and the race directors from Urology of VA were also in attendance. It was great to see the friendly competition getting started for 2022! Looking forward to seeing who has the largest team this year!
Urology of VA
Eastern Chapters Regional Director, Renee Haney, recently visited one of ZERO's practice partners, Urology of VA (UVA), with Race Directors, Barbara and Johnnetta. UVA recently celebrated their 100 year anniversary. The group was given a tour of the state-of-the-art facility and met with caring, compassionate staff and physicians. Congratulations to UVA on continuing to meet the needs of patients and their families. We are looking forward to an impactful Hampton Roads Run/Walk on October 15. Register today.
Also, a huge shoutout to Johnnetta who just received an Employee of the Month award! She's a rockstar!
One Hour Cares
Thank You to Coast Live for recently interviewing ZERO. Check out the interview, and when you are done watching, please vote for ZERO to be the beneficiary of the One Hour Cares Contest. This $5,000 prize would be put towards ZERO's free patient programs. Vote at http://www.onehourcares.com.
The Southeast Chapter welcomes two new urology practice partners to the Orlando and Tampa area:
Dr. Sijo Parekattil leads Avant Concierge Urology and has been involved with ZERO and raising prostate cancer awareness for years. Dr. Parekattil has raised money by completing a cross-country drive, making stops in cities along the way to raise awareness. We are excited to work with Dr. Parekattil on new events in Orlando.
Dr. Raviender Bukkapatnam, one of the leading partners at Florida Urology Partners, is an amazing volunteer, building relationships, and bringing awareness in the Tampa, FL area. He has been a supporter of ZERO and our Run/Walk series and is excited to work with Tampa General Hospital and Florida Urology Partners.
National Physicians Week
March 25-31 is National Physicians Week. Thank you to all of our amazing practice partners who are featured in the banner above and share our mission to end prostate cancer. With heartfelt appreciation, we salute all of the caring physicians who make a difference for patients and their families each and every day.
New Treatment for Cancer Introduced in New Orleans
The NanoKnife is a new prostate cancer treatment approved by the FDA in the summer of 2020. The technology uses electricity to kill cancer cells, sparing healthy tissue and nerves that are just millimeters away. These are nerves that control erection and urinary function. Check out the article. Thanks to Dr. Krane from Tulane Doctors of Urology, LA for providing this information.
Watch Blue Jacket Fashion Show Video
Did you miss Fashion Week in NYC this year? ZERO was the proud beneficiary of the Blue Jacket Fashion Show elevating the need for more prostate cancer awareness for men at the highest risk. Thank you to our awesome East Coast Champions in attendance: Keith and Athena Cassamento, Brett Wilson, and Elizabeth Howard. It was a great turnout with some celebrities, including Al Roker from the Today Show.
Thank YOU for being part of our inspiring community! Your ZERO Eastern Region Chapter Team
Fighting Men Fighting Cancer Support Group
First Tuesday of Every Month at 7:00 p.m. Eastern
Caregiver Support Group
Second Monday of Every Month at 7:00 p.m. Eastern
East Coast and Mid-Atlantic Champion Chats: April 28, May 26, and June 30
Share Your Feedback
Your feedback matters! Please share your thoughts and ideas with us, or if you have any other questions, contact your local chapter director. You can find your local chapter director's information and more about what is happening in your local chapter on the chapter web page.
If you or your organization would like to sponsor the ZEROHour Extra, East Chapter newsletter, please contact your local chapter director.
Join an Event
What prostate cancer support and education events are happening this month? Check the calendar! The Prostate Cancer Calendar web page is a resource for the entire prostate cancer community.
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