FAQs


If you have a question and you are unable to find the answer, please reach out to us at races@zerocancer.org or by calling (202) 303-3110.

About the ZERO Run/Walk

I look forward to the Run/Walk every year. What can I expect this year?

The run/walk is moving forward with an in-person event with a virtual option available in communities where this is deemed safe. ZERO is carefully monitoring the spread of COVID-19 in your community, along with vaccination rates, local government ordinances, CDC guidelines, and the direction of our medical advisory board.

How is ZERO keeping me safe at the run/walk?

ZERO is taking the following safety precautions at our run/walks to protect our patients, survivors, family and friends from the COVID-19 virus and other variants. All participants, volunteers and staff must follow mandatory guidelines to help control the spread of the disease.

  • ZERO employees, volunteers, and sponsors are required to wear masks
  • Run/Walk participants will be required to wear masks at the start/finish lines and festival areas
  • Encourage social distancing between households
  • Surfaces will be disinfected frequently and touch points will be reduced
  • Handwashing stations and/or hand sanitizer onsite
  • All food and beverages will be prepackaged

If there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 at the event. How will I be notified?

Coming Soon!

I'm not sure I want to participate in person. What does the virtual participation option look like?

This year's virtual run/walk option will be held through the Charge Running App (available on Apple and Android). We'll all run/walk on the same date/time (we have a few dates to choose from when you register). You create your own course and your stats are tracked using the app so you can race against other participants virtually. Using the Charge Running App virtual event there will be a real time DJ playing music as you run/walk, a leaderboard with live result updates, and chat room to interact with other participants.

It's a great option for those that may not feel comfortable attending an in-person run/walk. Virtual participants are still eligible to earn all fundraising rewards!

I'm not a runner, how else can I get active for prostate cancer?

Fundraise by taking action for the cause and spreading the word! Go live on social media and invite your friends to watch and join you in the fun. You could host a simple stretching session, a trivia game or virtual movie night, lead a workout class, or dye your hair, do take the #PiesforProstates challenge!

You can also set up shop to get active! Start your own fundraiser -- whether it's a lemonade stand, selling your own artwork or clothing, let your friends know that proceeds will benefit prostate cancer patients in need during the COVID-19 crisis.

However you get active and take action, you'll be spreading crucial awareness for the cause and making direct support possible for patients and families affected by prostate cancer. Share how you're getting active by posting a photo on social media using the hashtag #ZEROstrong.

There's so much going on in the world right now. Why is prostate cancer still important?

One in eight American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime and the funds raised are invested around the country to provide research for new treatments, free prostate cancer testing, and educate men and families about prostate cancer. Your fundraising provides assistance to cancer patients who are at a high-risk of contracting COVID-19 due to already weakened immune systems. Learn more about what ZERO is doing to help the prostate cancer community during this time at zerocancer.org/coronavirus.

How much of the funds raised go to patients in need? How are the donations used?

100% of donations go to ZERO - The End of Prostate Cancer, a registered 501(c)(3) organization (tax id 59-3400922).

The money raised by the event helps drive free prostate cancer testing throughout the country as well as in the communities of each Run/Walk location. Grants are also awarded in race communities wherever they'll have the most local impact on new programs, patient support, early detection, and awareness efforts.

On a national level, your gift is invested to educate men about their risks, as well as to fund direct support for patients and their families. Finally, your dollars enable national efforts to protect and expand research funding and availability of care for prostate cancer testing and treatments.Additionally, funds raised during COVID-19 will help patients in dire need due to the economic and health consequences of the virus.

ZERO is the only national prostate cancer charity to receive the highest-possible 4-star rating for financial responsibility from Charity Navigator, and meets all 20 standards of accountability as an accredited charity member of the Better Business Bureau. And no other prostate cancer charity spends more per dollar on programs - more than 85 cents.

Find out more about how the money you raise helps end prostate cancer in the impact section of this website.

Are all donations tax-deductible? How can I receive an IRS tax receipt for my donation?

Yes. All monetary donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. If the donation was made online, the tax receipt will be emailed to the email address provided. If you donated via check, you can request a tax receipt by emailing races@zerocancer.org.

I think my company matches employees' charitable donations. How do I get this started?

When making your donation, please enter your company name in the matching gifts search tool. We'll have some information on whether or not your company matches, but please make sure to follow-up with your company to get this process started. If you have questions, please email races@zerocancer.org.

Can I continue to collect donations after the walk?

Absolutely! Participants can fundraise up until two weeks after the event to be eligible for fundraising rewards.

Registration FAQ

How do I register?

Click the button below and follow the steps to register. If you have any issues, please feel free to reach out to us at 202-303-3110.

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Do I have to register to attend?

Yes, we want to know you're coming and need every participant to sign a standard waiver through the official registration process. Even if you're participating virtually through the Charge Running App we want to know you're planning to participate and need you to sign a standard waiver through the official registration process.

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How much does it cost to register?

It's free to register! Participants that fundraise $50 by event day will receive a run/walk shirt at the event. If you are signed up as a virtual participant your shirt will be mailed to you.

I already registered for free, but want to get an event shirt. How can I do that?

All you have to do is fundraise $50 (either through a self-donation or raised through family and friends) on your personal fundraising page before the event date and you will receive a shirt.

How do I register family members or friends online?

To register other participants, begin your own registration and enter your details. When you get to your "Registration Summary", you will see a "Register Additional Person" button; click this button to add other participants, including children or other dependents for whom you have the legal authority to sign our liability waiver.

Should I start a team or join as an individual?

If you have a friend or family member joining you, please start a team. If you are attending alone, please join as an individual. There is no minimum requirement for team size.

I accidentally registered as an individual and meant to join or start a team. What do I do?

No problem! If you would like to be added to a team or start your own team, simply send an email to races@zerocancer.org with your name, team name, and what city's race you're taking part in.

Fundraising FAQ

Is there a fundraising minimum to participate in the Run/Walk?

No. There is no fundraising minimum, but we need your help to raise funds to provide programs that support prostate cancer patients and families in need during this dire time. Please consider making a self-donation or fundraise at least $100 to provide much needed support to men and families during COVID-19. All participants that fundraise at least $50 will have an option to receive a 2021 Run/Walk shirt.

All registered participants receive a personal fundraising page, fundraising coaching, and many tools, guides, and other resources to help you. To receive fundraising tips, email races@zerocancer.org.

I created a fundraiser on Facebook for ZERO before registering for the run/walk. Can I connect that fundraiser to my run/walk fundraising page?

No. Participants must register on the ZERO Run/Walk website first, then create the Facebook Fundraiser from their Participant Center. We cannot tie an existing Facebook Fundraiser to a new registration. If you have already created a Fundraiser and selected ZERO as the beneficiary, donations will be sent to ZERO as general donations.

To request that donations be moved to credit your run/walk registration, email races@zerocancer.org. To begin receiving credit for new donations, please close your existing fundraiser and set up a new one through the Participant Center.

I don't want to donate online. Can I donate another way?

We can take donations via the phone or via mail as well. Call ZERO at 202-303-3110, Monday Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. EST, and we can process a credit card payment over the phone. If mailing a check, please be sure to indicate the city name of the event, and the name of the team or individual whose fundraising efforts it is supporting. Checks should be sent to:

ZERO - The End of Prostate Cancer
Alexandria, VA 22320

What if someone gives me a cash donation?

Please send a personal check covering the amount, along with a corresponding donation form to ZERO. We will be able to credit your donors for their generosity if you include their contact information. If this is not possible, you can always bring the cash donations and donation forms to the race.

I received a donation, but don't see it on my fundraising page?

All mailed donations should appear on your page within two weeks of being received by ZERO. If you do not see your donations on your page, please email ZERO at races@zerocancer.org.

I want to fundraise, but I don't know how. Where should I start?

We encourage all participants to customize their page with their own photo and story of why you're participating. You can also send emails to friends and family, and easily track your donations. Please view our tips and tricks page for more information. You can also email ZERO's National Events Team at races@zerocancer.org for assistance and ideas.

Does ZERO Provide any fundraising suggestions for those social distancing?

Yes! Please check out our social distancing fundraising guide here.

We also have some general participant and team captain guides that offer additional tips, tricks, and suggestions for making the most of your fundraising. Please note these guides were made prior to COIVD-19, so we ask that you please stay safe and considerate with all your fundraising activities. There are plenty of ways to get creative while social distancing!

Are there any awards or fundraising incentives for top fundraisers?

Yes! Our top three individual fundraisers, top three fundraising teams, and three largest teams will receive special recognition during the run/walk (please note that all donations need to be in your accounts by 3 p.m. on the day prior to event day to be eligible for these awards). There are also several individual fundraising rewards all participants are eligible to earn. Click here to learn more about our fundraising rewards.

General Questions

How can I get more involved at ZERO?

ZERO has local chapters across the country, and many opportunities to get involved. Join us in fighting this awful disease by getting involved in your local community. Click here to contact your local Chapter Director.

ZERO's Contact Information

We are happy to answer any questions you might have about the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk. Please contact us Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST. All emails will be answered within 24 hours.

Phone 202-303-3110
Email races@zerocancer.org
Facebook www.facebook.com/ZEROCancerRunWalk

Chapter Director Contact Information

East Coast Metro: Renee Haney, renee@zerocancer.org or 609-500-9855
Mid-Atlantic: Caitlin Murphy, caitlin@zerocancer.org or 202-313-2866
Midwest: Emily Sybrant, emily@zerocancer.org or 612-219-6972
Northern California: Rhonda Gilmore, rhonda@zerocancer.org or 415-825-0349
Southern California: DeMetrius Kee, demetrius@zerocancer.org or 951-202-4054
South Atlantic: Matt Miller, matt.miller@zerocancer.org or 571-969-8322
Texas: Tracy Crites, tcrites@zerocancer.org or 817-313-4612
Non-Chapter: Jessica Fetrow, jessica.fetrow@zerocancer.org or 202-923-1113