Philadelphia is one of 28 communities across the nation participating in the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk 2021 series. The Run/Walk promotes awareness for prostate cancer, encouraging men to be informed about their risk, as well as raises funds for prostate cancer research.
“One in nine men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime, and that is why education, research and advocacy are critical,” said Lauryn Wagner, oncology nurse navigator at MidLantic Urology and the Philadelphia ZERO race director. “Over the course of the pandemic, millions of people missed out on key cancer screenings, which is why this year in particular it is really important for the community to come together to raise funds and awareness for this far to common disease.”
After revealing his recent several-year battle with prostate cancer and successful treatment at MidLantic Urology earlier this year, former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter has become a champion for prostate cancer advocacy and will serve as the race’s mission speaker.
“I am so grateful to be a part of this race and have the opportunity to share my successful prostate cancer treatment at MidLantic Urology with the Philadelphia region, especially Black men in our area who are disproportionately impacted by this disease,” said Mayor Nutter. “Black men are 1.8 times more likely to be diagnosed with—and 2.2 times more likely to die from—prostate cancer than white men. Early detection could save your life, as it did mine, so please stay on top of your health and get checked.”