Prostate cancer is a disease that will affect one in seven American men in their lifetime. That is one in seven fathers, husbands, brothers, sons, grandfathers, partners and friends who will be diagnosed with the disease. For Joe Blumberg, executive director of The Men’s Health and Wellness Center, the issue hits close to home. Joe was diagnosed with prostate cancer when he was 65, and though the tumor was removed he discovered that it had spread just two years later. Joe has tried many treatments to combat his advanced stage disease and recently passed the five-year mark, but the reality of the disease is always in his thoughts.
As a national nonprofit organization, ZERO is a leader in the fight against prostate cancer, advancing research, encouraging action, and providing education and support to men and their families. This year, ZERO will bring the Run/Walk series to nearly 40 cities nationwide, including to Sandy Springs for the Fifth Annual ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk – Atlanta, hosted by the Men’s Health and Wellness Center of Sandy Springs on Saturday, June 20. Joe will emcee the event, welcoming runners and supporters alike to the city he called home for more than three decades.
Joe is always hoping that new treatments will emerge, and believes that the Run/Walk has helped create awareness and bring the local Atlanta community together in the fight against prostate cancer. As a part of the fight, Joe champions the importance of funding programs on both the local and national level. At the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk – Atlanta, and at all races nationwide, all dollars raised for the event are split between national efforts and the local community. Local funds for the Atlanta race will specifically provide education and screening events and help prostate cancer support groups. All dollars raised on the national level go toward ZERO’s efforts to save lives by advancing research, raising awareness, and providing educational resources for men and families.
This year’s race features a 5K run/walk, 1-mile walk, Kids Superhero Dash for Dad, and virtual Snooze for Dudes program. Joe is this year’s race director.
On race day, survivors and patients can also stop by the Prostate Cancer Survivor’s tent to connect with others, and Home Depot will host a kids’ workshop featuring a special Build a Father’s Day gift for your Dad.
The Run/Walk series is ZERO’s commitment made manifest. It is communities coming together, raising funds, and sharing hope to declare one number above others: ZERO. To register, visit: ZeroProstateCancerRun.org/Atlanta.
ZERO’s premier programs include the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk, the largest men’s health event series in America. The family-friendly Run/Walk series is a huge step in the fight to achieve Generation ZERO – the first generation of men free from prostate cancer.