Asheville hosts 5k run/walk to raise funds, awareness of prostate cancer Nov. 5

From ZERO — The End of Prostate Cancer:

ASHEVILLE COMMUNITY RALLIES TO SAVE LIVES FROM PROSTATE CANCER
INAUGURAL ZERO PROSTATE CANCER RUN/WALK COMES TO ASHEVILLE THIS NOVEMBER

Asheville, N.C. – To end a disease that takes the life of an American man every 20 minutes, Asheville joins 35-plus communities across the nation to host the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk. ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer, Asheville Hematology & Oncology, Asheville Urological Associates, and Radiation Therapy Associates of Western North Carolina will bring together the community on November 5 at Carrier Park for a 5K run/walk to save lives and help the nearly 6,000 men in North Carolina who will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year.

Prostate cancer is normally slow growing, but if you’re at risk and not monitoring for the disease, how can you catch it early enough? It’s important that all men be aware of the disease,” says Peter Sagonias, a local prostate cancer survivor. “Any event like the Run/Walk that brings prostate cancer into the limelight, I want to support it on behalf of all of the men battling the disease here in Asheville.”

Fourteen years ago, Sagonias went in for his annual PSA test and learned that he had prostate cancer at age 62. He had surgery soon after and has been cancer-free ever since. He credits his vigilance after his father’s death from the disease with catching his when it was still treatable. Peter is vocal about the importance of awareness and credits events like the Run/Walk with spreading the word about this important cause locally, encouraging men to take charge of their health and talk to their doctors about testing annually.

For the past 10 years, the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk has rallied communities and given participants a voice in the fight to end prostate cancer,” says ZERO CEO Jamie Bearse. “By mobilizing survivors, patients, caregivers, families and businesses in communities across the country to raise funds and awareness, we can make prostate cancer a national priority.”

Funds raised for this year’s Run/Walk event will go toward national efforts to provide research for new treatments, to enhance patient support resources, and to educate men and families about prostate cancer. 

For more information on the race, visit www.zeroprostatecancerrun.org/asheville.

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