ZEROHour Newsletter: August 2022
SEPTEMBER IS PROSTATE CANCER AWARENESS MONTH!
September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month (PCAM), and for patients, survivors, caregivers and loved ones, this is YOUR month. Working together, the inspiring prostate cancer community will spread one very important PCAM message: EARLY DETECTION SAVES LIVES!
Things kick off on September 1 with ZERO Cancer Day, a 24-hour event that celebrates the impact donors are making in the fight to ZERO OUT prostate cancer. Don't miss a limited-time TRIPLE MATCH opportunity on September 1. When you make a donation in support of ZERO Cancer Day, your impact will be tripled - helping more men and families battle this disease. Don't want to wait to participate? You can give right now, and your triple match will be applied on September 1!
Other PCAM highlights include a wide range of events, such as 22 ZERO Run/Walks that are taking place throughout the country, local events, livestream fundraising, podcasts, and much more (information on all of these below).
Throughout September you will receive important educational information and resources, such as an "Am I at Risk?" quiz that will help to determine your risk for prostate cancer. We will also share information about the 2023 ZERO Prostate Cancer Summit and details about a new award spotlighting individuals who are going above and beyond in spreading the word that EARLY DETECTION SAVES LIVES.
Register for a ZERO Run/Walk in Your Community
Prostate Cancer Awareness Month is the biggest month of the year for the ZERO Run/Walk series, with 22 events happening throughout the country. Jamie Bearse, CEO of ZERO states, "we are excited to be back to hosting in-person events this year, giving the prostate cancer community a chance to be together and to offer each other some needed support and camaraderie. It is important to raise awareness about this disease during Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and the 22 Run/Walks in this series will help to do just that." Sign up today for one of the in-person events. There is no cost to attend and all funds raised will go to help patients and families in need.
The following is a list of upcoming ZERO Run/Walk events leading up to and throughout PCAM:
Sunday, August 28
Morgantown, WV Run/Walk
Saturday, September 10
Houston, TX Run/Walk
Memphis, TN Run/Walk
Twin Cities, MN Run/Walk
Wilmington, NC Run/Walk
Saturday, September 17
Napa Valley, CA Run/Walk
New York City, NY Run/Walk
San Diego, CA Run/Walk
St. Louis, MO Run Walk
Sunday, September 18
Boston, MA Run/Walk
Chicago, IL SEA Blue Run/Walk
San Antonio, TX Run/Walk
Dr. Sanford J. Siegel Prostate Cancer Run/Walk Towson, MD
Friday, September 23
Harrisburg, PA Run/Walk
Saturday, September 24
Augusta, GA Run/Walk
Austin, TX Run/Walk
Bakersfield, CA Run/Walk
Des Moines, IA Run/Walk
Seattle, WA Run/Walk
South Florida, FL Run/Walk
Sunday, September 25
Coachella Valley, CA Run/Walk
Kansas City, KS Run/Walk
Philadelphia, PA Run/Walk
It takes a lot of passionate people to make the Run/Walks happen. CLICK HERE for information on how you can volunteer to help at any of the Run/Walk events.
If you cannot make a Run/Walk event in person, or want to participate virtually from any location, download the RunGo App, which you can access in the App Store or Google Play. Register for your local event and choose the "Virtual Participant" option. You can participate any time through the weekend of September 30-October 2. You'll be able to download a Run/Walk playlist through Spotify, hear inspirational updates throughout your run, and see a leaderboard of results.
LISTEN TO NEW PODCASTS
As part of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, three brand new podcasts will be released. Prostate cancer survivor and founder of rock band Twisted Sister, Jay Jay French hosts two special editions. One features Rob Halford of the rock band Judas Priest, who shares how sobriety and sexuality factored into his own prostate cancer journey. In the second podcast, Jay Jay chats with Cowboy Max of TikTok fame. Max is a goat farmer from New Mexico who was diagnosed at just 46. This lively conversation between an ‘80s rocker and a modern-day cowboy is one you don't want to miss! In the third episode, ZERO's Dr. Reggie Tucker-Seeley talks to former NBA All-Star Grant Hill about his passion for raising awareness about prostate cancer among Black men. These podcasts will be released throughout September on the Prostate Cancer Awareness Month webpage.
Join a Webinar or Online Event
August 29, 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Prostate Cancer Biopsies ... The Great Debate: Transrectal vs. Transperineal
with Deborah Kaye, MD, Assistant Professor, Duke University, Division of Urology and Duke Clinical Research Institute Margolis Policy Center, and Arvin George, MD, Urologic Surgeon, University of Michigan Health
Presented by AnCan
September 14, 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Medicare: An In-Depth Look
An overview of Medicare, including eligibility, the different parts, how it works with other insurance, and open enrollment.
Presented by Triage Cancer
In case you missed these events, video is now available for:
Genetics, the PROMISE Registry, and Prostate Cancer: A Town Hall
with Rob Finch, Director of Urology Medical Affairs at Myriad Genetic Laboratories, and Dr. Channing Paller, Associate Professor of Oncology and Urology at Johns Hopkins University, Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center
Presented in partnership with Myriad Genetics and the PROMISE Registry
View the video
Prostate Cancer and the Unique Needs of the LGBTQIA+ Community
with Dr. Anne Katz, Certified Sexuality Counselor and Clinical Nurse Specialist
View the video
Bring Your Advocacy Home
with Susan Sweat, Principal and Director at Cornerstone Government Affairs
View the video
Want to know what prostate cancer support and education events are happening this month? Check the Prostate Cancer Calendar web page, a resource for the entire prostate cancer community. If you have a support group, webinar, seminar, or other prostate cancer event that will benefit the community, you can post it right to the calendar.
Advocacy in Action
It has been a busy month for ZERO advocates. Congress is currently in recess, so ZERO advocates have been connecting with their representatives by setting up their own meetings on their home turf. Establishing these connections is vital toward the goals of increasing federal research and awareness programs and, ultimately, the end of prostate cancer. As the saying goes, persistence and consistency lead to success. If you are interested in doing your own advocacy for prostate cancer, you can visit the Advocacy at Home website, with all the information and tools you need to succeed.
If meeting with your congressperson isn't up your alley, there are other ways to help in the fight against prostate cancer. With Prostate Cancer Awareness Month coming up soon, now is the perfect time to request a Proclamation from your elected officials acknowledging September as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Doing so is easy with this proclamations toolkit that includes everything you need to help raise awareness in your community.
Grow & Give for Prostate Cancer Awareness
Join Grow & Give with your company to raise critical funds for prostate cancer patients and families, all while having a fun time growing facial hair or rocking a boldly blue style! You can check out all of ZERO's amazing Grow & Give partners and their lifetime impact on the brand new Partners Page! Longtime partner Baird holds the top spot with nearly $170,000 raised to support prostate cancer patients and families. If your company is interested in participating in Grow & Give this year, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is Health Equity and Why is it Important?
Everyone should have a fair and just opportunity to prevent, find, treat, and survive prostate cancer, regardless of race, sexual orientation, financial resources, or area of residence. This aspiration is called health equity, and it is a topic that will be addressed regularly in this new quarterly ZEROHour feature, What is Health Equity, and Why is it Important? In the first installment, Dr. Reggie Tucker-Seeley, VP of Health Equity at ZERO explains health equity and how to achieve it.
Progress in Prostate Cancer Research
Progress in Prostate Cancer Research is a ZEROHour feature that includes some of the latest research from the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF). This month's column addresses recent developments shared at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting. Among the findings discussed were that the combination of Lu-PSMA and immunotherapy appears to offer promising results; and new results were presented from the outcomes of the TheraP Trial comparing Lutetium-PSMA vs. Cabazitaxel.
Read Doc Moyad's "No Bogus Science" Column
For over 15 years and almost 200 consecutive columns, Dr. Mark A. Moyad of University of Michigan Medical Center, Department of Urology has offered practical advice to improve health outcomes. In the latest issue, he looks at how fiber can be not only helpful for your digestive system, but it is also being studied to improve immune responses to some forms of cancer treatment.
Livestream Fundraising Opportunities
September is full of exciting livestream events promoting education and awareness during Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. The Apex Legends Charity Tournament, supporting ZERO, will take place on September 24, 10:00 a.m. Eastern - tune in to the event on the ZERO Twitch page. ZERO will also be assisting in a speedrunning event (a playthrough of a video game with the goal of completing it as fast as possible) for Mega Man alongside fundraiser Kammesennin. Tune into this event on Friday, September 30, on the ZERO Twitch page. If you're interested in getting involved in the livestreaming world with ZERO, click the link below.
ZERO's Us TOO Prostate Cancer Support Groups meet regularly. Many of these groups meet virtually and these meetings can be accessed by phone or by internet, and can be attended from any location. Other groups are meeting in person or offer a hybrid of virtual/in-person meetings.
» Find a support group.
Meet Amanda Tribuzio
Amanda Tribuzio is from Plainfield, IL and has played a critical role in the growth of multiple ZERO Run/Walks in the Midwest Chapter, including the Chicago - SEA Blue Run/Walk, which takes place on September 18. When asked why she is passionate about the fight against prostate cancer, she said "Because men need to know that their issues are just as important as they are. Because men need the extra encouragement to get help, to talk about what's going on, and to not shy away from their health just because the world isn't making a spectacle out of it. Because it's important to me, for my husband, for my father, for my son." Amanda's passion is inspirational and she is a welcome addition to the ZERO Champion Family!» Register for, or donate to, the SEA Blue Chicago Run/Walk.
The PROMISE Registry:
When James was diagnosed with prostate cancer, he really didn't know what to do next. With a recommendation from his doctor, James got his genes tested in order to see if there was a genetic factor to his diagnosis. James' results showed that he had a mutation in his BRCA2 gene which often leads to a decrease in protection from certain cancers over time, including prostate cancer. Upon receiving this information, James urged the men in his family to get tested and assess their risk for developing prostate cancer in the future. » Read James' Full Story.(This content is provided in partnership with The PROMISE Registry.)
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