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Welcome to the new ZEROHour Extra - Central & Western 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

Bold for Blue Awards

Congrats to our top Central and Western 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.

Watch Bold For Blue

Upcoming ZERO Run/Walks

ZERO Prostate Cancer Run Walk

Everyone is excited to get back together, in person, for the ZERO Prostate Cancer 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:

Greater Los Angeles Area Run/Walk
May 15, 8:00 a.m. Pacific
Los Angeles, CA
Register

Kearney Run/Walk
May 21, 9:00 a.m. Central
Kearney, NE
Register

Joliet Run/Walk
June 11, 8:00 a.m. Central
Joliet, IL
Register

Tulsa Run/Walk
June 18, 8:00 a.m. Central
Tulsa, OK
Register

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.

A big shout-out to new Race Directors, Francis Dumaoal of Golden State Urology and Dr. Garrett Pohlman of Kearney Urology Center PC. Welcome!

Regional Impact by the Numbers

Regional Impact by the Numbers

There are some impressive numbers reflecting the important support services and resources provided to the prostate cancer community through the ZERO - Central and Eastern Regions, you should all be proud to be a part of this impact:

  • 48 Support Groups Regularly Meet in the Regions
  • 15 MENtors and 15 Caregiver MENtors Provide One-on-One Support*
  • ZERODrive Helped 249 Patients Get to Appointments in Iowa and Texas
  • 1,057 Patients were Helped Through ZERO360, and Over $2,038,000 in Debt Relief was Made Available
  • There are Currently 307 ZERO Champions in the Area
  • 3,000+ Members Regularly Interact on Facebook with ZEROConnect

*If you or anyone you know may be interested in becoming a MENtor or a Caregiver MENtor, contact your local chapter director to learn more about the program and how to get involved.

Champion Spotlight

Sergio Ravelo

Sergio Ravelo

Sergio Ravelo of Northern California has five brothers and all of them, as well as his father, have been diagnosed with prostate cancer. Unfortunately, prostate cancer has taken the life of three of his brothers. His father migrated from the Dominican Republic to the U.S. He was diagnosed in 2002 and received treatment. Sergio’s father lived with a smile on his face for another 20 years without complications, but then lost his fight in February of 2021. Sergio wishes to pay respect to all those with prostate cancer and would like to remember his brothers and express gratitude for the extra 20 years he got with his dad.

Jack Porter

Jack Porter

Jack Porter is a member of SEA Blue Chicago Prostate Cancer Walk/Run family. In 2020, Jack signed up for the event as a Team Captain for Team Papa Hat, in honor of his grandfather Stu who passed away from prostate cancer. His grandmother, Myrna is one of the original founders of the SEA Blue event and Jack has taken over their team to hit the ground running. In 2021, he was the top fundraiser and Team Papa Hat was the top fundraising team, bringing in over $13,000 for prostate cancer patients and their families. Jack is a HUGE asset to the prostate cancer community and we look forward to the impact he will continue to make on patients’ lives.

Making a Difference at Local Events

Allen Americans hockey team

Allen American Prostate Cancer Awareness Hockey Game

On Saturday, February 19, ZERO joined the Allen Americans hockey team for their prostate cancer awareness night. We enjoyed getting to meet everyone that came out to the game, including our very own Champion, Tammy Holbert, who got to ride the Zamboni during intermission.

Mustachio Bashio

Mustachio Bashio

Thank you to ZERO champions Alex Parker and Trevor Cohen for hosting another very successful Mustachio Bashio event on March 4. The Chicagoland area got together for a night of fun to support ZERO, raise awareness about prostate cancer, and show off their best mustaches. The event raised over $10,000 for prostate cancer patients. Thank you to Tito's Handmade Vodka and Sluggers Sports Bar for hosting.

2022 Cancer Survivor Conference

2022 Cancer Survivor Conference

On April 9, ZERO will attend the 2022 Cancer Survivor Conference hosted by the Masonic Cancer Center. This is a free educational conference which will focus on questions and issues that patients, survivors, and their families often face during and after cancer treatment.
Get more information or register for the event.

Swing Fore Hope

Swing Fore Hope

On Thursday, June 16, ZERO and Mary Crowley Cancer Research will be hosting the first annual Swing Fore Hope event at TopGolf-Allen, TX. Come out and join us for a fun evening of golf, food, drinks, and a raffle. Raffle items include Dallas Cowboy tickets and a PlayStation 5.
Get more information or register for the event.

Hammer & Nails Grooming

Hammer & Nails Grooming

Hammer & Nails Grooming, the luxury destination for exceptional men's grooming experiences, has joined forces with ZERO and Men Actively Creating Healthy Outcomes (MACHO) for the Hammer & Nails Cares program. This program will provide male cancer patients with $100,000 worth of free grooming services in 2022.

Featured Partners

Dr. Garret Pohlman

Dr. Garret Pohlman is a urologist with Kearney Urology Center PC, in Kearney, Nebraska. On the Prostate Health Podcast, Dr. Pohlman conducts weekly interviews with experts, innovators, and leaders regarding prostate conditions. His goal is to educate the general public on prostate health, the conditions that affect the prostate, and the latest technology used to manage these conditions. Listen to the podcast.

Kearney Urology Center

Kearney Urology Center PC has been committed to providing the Kearney, NE region with comprehensive urologic care since 1974. Their main clinic is located in Kearney and they have seven outreach locations located throughout central Nebraska. Kearney Urology Center PC provides access to experienced specialists, innovative diagnostic tools, and the most advanced treatments and therapies. We are looking forward to working with Kearney Urology Center PC on the Kearney Run/Walk.

National Physicians Week

Sponsors

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.

Visit Our Partners Page

ZERO Central & Western Region Chapter Team

Thank YOU for being part of our inspiring community!

Your ZERO Central & Western Region Chapter Team

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Upcoming Events

Northern California Champion Chat, March 30

April is National Minority Health Month

Texas/Oklahoma Champion Chat, May 25

Midwest Champion Chat, June 1

Des Moines, IA Tee-Off June 6, 7:30 a.m. CT

Allen, TX Tee-Off Swing Fore Hope June 16, 5:00 p.m. CT

Southern California Champion Chat, June 16

Northern California Champion Chat, July 2

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, Central/Western Regions 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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