The Second Annual ZERO Prostate Cancer Run – Los Angeles will take place at Dockweiler State Beach in Playa del Rey Saturday, July 20.
The 5K race, formerly known as DASH FOR DAD, is part of the ZERO Prostate Cancer Challenge taking place in more than three dozen cities this year. The local event is presented by the Prostate Cancer Research Institute, Urology Specialists of Southern California and ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer.
“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 last year, 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 and has already raised more than $4,600 for the cause, organizers said. Her father was diagnosed with prostate cancer last summer and is currently going through treatment.
Funds raised from the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run will go toward prostate cancer research, promote awareness and education efforts, and support free testing. ZERO works to provide comprehensive treatment information to patients, education to those at risk, and free testing to at-risk men around the country.
The organization also works to increase research funds from the federal government to find new treatments and better diagnostic tests for prostate cancer.