Father-Daughter Duo Raise More Than $4,600 For Prostate Cancer

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ZERO Prostate Cancer Run

Julie Dodson with her father Norm.

Lace up your sneakers for the Second Annual ZERO Prostate Cancer Run – Los Angeles! Join Prostate Cancer Research Institute, Urology Specialists of Southern California and ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer on Saturday, July 20 for a 5K race at Dockweiler Beach in Playa del Rey, CA. The race, formerly known as DASH FOR DAD, is part of the ZERO Prostate Cancer Challenge, America’s premier men’s health event series, taking place in more than three-dozen cities in 2013.

“Nearly 240,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year alone, including more than 23,000 in California,” said Jamie Bearse, CEO of ZERO — The End of Prostate Cancer. “ZERO Prostate Cancer Challenge raises funds that are critical for increasing awareness and fighting the disease.”

This family-friendly event, which attracted more than 300 participants in 2012, features both adult and youth 5K runs.

Long Beach resident, Julie Dodson, is taking part in the run for the first time with her father, Norm. Norm was diagnosed with prostate cancer last summer and is currently going through treatment. With the help of family and friends she formed a team and has already raised more than $4,600 for the cause.

“I want to do everything I can to help raise awareness and money for prostate cancer,” said Julie. “My dad is the most positive person I know and he has really transferred his positivity onto everyone around him – you don’t even know he is sick. His diagnosis and story has inspired others to go get tested. My dad made me who I am today by pushing me over the last 26 years to be the best that I can be. It wasn’t always easy, but I am forever grateful for it – I need him around for at least another 26 years.”

Funds raised from the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run help protect and grow prostate cancer research funding, promote awareness and education efforts, and support free testing. ZERO provides comprehensive treatment information to patients, education to those at risk, and free testing to at-risk men around the country. ZERO also works to increase research funds from the federal government to find new treatments and better diagnostic tests for prostate cancer.

For more information, visit ZERO Prostate Cancer Run website.

About ZERO — The End of Prostate Cancer (www.zerocancer.org)

Zero prostate cancer deaths. Zero prostate cancer cases and for those with prostate cancer, it means a zero PSA. Our name conveys what we stand for – all action and zero tolerance for prostate cancer.

ZERO is committed to not only reduce prostate cancer or alleviate the pain from the disease but to end it. They see a future where all men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer will be cured or manage their illness with good quality of life, with the support they need to minimize physical and emotional suffering and to cope effectively throughout their cancer journeys.

To accomplish this goal, the group increases research funds from the federal government to find new treatments and fund local grants to end prostate cancer through a national event series known as the ZERO Prostate Cancer Challenge. The organization conducts free testing through the ZERO Prostate Cancer Testing program and educate patients, families and those at-risk.

About The Prostate Cancer Research Institute

The Prostate Cancer Research Institute is a 501(c)3 charitable not-for-profit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of men’s lives by supporting research and disseminating information that educates and empowers patients, families, and the medical community. The objective of PCRI is to educate patients, their families and physicians about prostate cancer by providing the most current information on prostate cancer diagnosis, staging, treatments and available resources.


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