ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer is bringing the first-ever Virtual Celebration for prostate cancer to Salt Lake City this Father’s Day weekend. To honor area dads, ZERO is raising awareness for a disease that affects 1 in 9 men. On Saturday, June 20, the greater Salt Lake City community is invited to head online for an inspiring day that will show the love to local prostate cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers.

This digital gathering replaces the ZERO Cancer Run/Walk that was initially set to be held in-person but was moved to a cyber experience due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The online event will retain a community feel and spirit of hope that is signature to ZERO’s nationwide Prostate Cancer Run/Walk series in about 45 cities across the country. Programming will include live interviews, performances, the chance to get outside for unique activities, and more.

“While COVID-19 is changing how we get together, it is not changing our passion and dedication to support patients and families through this crisis and celebrate community,” said Jamie Bearse, ZERO CEO and President. 

“The increased financial and emotional needs for patients due to COVID-19 are devastating,” said Dr. Peter Fisher, a urologist at Granger Medical Clinic in Salt Lake City. “Together, we can show love and support to prostate cancer patients, caregivers, and survivors during these difficult times.”

Specific event line-up details for the upcoming celebration will be released closer to the date. Some examples of the festivities include:

  • A fundraising spotlight and local highlights that will shine a light on SLC’s premier warriors in the fight against prostate cancer 
  • A touching ceremony honoring survivors
  • An informative educational segment led by the Granger Medical Clinic that will inform the community on all things prostate cancer
  • And much more!

Registration for the web-based gathering — which begins at 10:00 a.m. MST — is free. Custom event shirts are available for a donation of $40. Registrants are encouraged to fundraise leading up to the event date, as all funds raised will provide direct support to local prostate cancer patients and families who have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Visit zerocancer.run/slc to register and for more information.

Stuart
Stuart is the founder, writer and wrangler at several sites including Gastronomic SLC, Utah Now and, The Utah Review; Stuart is a former restaurant critic of more than five years, working for the Salt Lake Tribune and has worked extensively with other local publications from Utah Stories through to Salt Lake Magazine and Visit Salt Lake.