2nd Annual NJ Great Prostate Cancer Challenge a Success!

CAMDEN – The New Jersey Patient Care and Access Coalition (NJPCAC) hosted the 2nd Annual New Jersey Great Prostate Cancer Challenge (GPCC) Saturday, September 22nd at Campbell’s Field, home of the Camden Riversharks. The 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk are part of the Great Prostate Cancer Challenge ®, America’s Premier Men’s Health Event Series. The Camden race took place during “National Prostate Cancer Awareness” which is recognized nationally every September. The goal of the race is to raise funds for prostate cancer research and community awareness. All funds raised by the Great Prostate Cancer Challenge will go to ZERO — The Project to End Prostate Cancer and their mission of eliminating prostate cancer deaths.

On hand to kick off the race as “Official Race Starters” were special guests United States Congressman Rob Andrews, New Jersey Assemblywoman Pam Lampitt and New Jersey Assemblyman Troy Singleton. Assemblyman Singleton also participated in the 1-Mile Walk.

“We were thrilled to have members of the Legislature present at the race this year,” said New Jersey race Chairman and NJPCAC Board Member Dr. Adam Perzin. “We hope this will be a trend that continues into the future. It was an honor to have Congressman Andrews, Assemblywoman Lampitt and Assemblyman Singleton’s support in this endeavor.”

The event was attended by close to 1,500 people with 650 participating in the race and walk and has raised over $75,000 for the cause to date, with more additional funds pledged. Also on hand were the Phillie Phanatic and Finley, the Riversharks mascot. The race was kicked off at 9am, followed by awards and festivities at Campbell’s Field Stadium.

Finishing in first place for the 5K race was New Jersey resident Chris Harkins, 54, with a time of 18:57.81. Second and third places went to Nick Pillsbury, 30, of Philadelphia and Jeremy Iris-Williams, 17, of New Jersey. The top three female finishers were Anna Galante, 34, of Philadelphia, Quinn Weisman, 23 of NJ and Paxton Antonucci, 12, of Mays Landing, NJ. The 5K had over 200 participants from ages 3 to 86, many of whom were racing in honor of family members who were affected by prostate cancer. The GPCC “Survivor’s Tent” was a popular venue for cancer survivors, their family members and the medical professionals who treated them.

“This is a disease that affects so many of us, whether directly or through someone we know,” said NJPCAC President and Chairman Dr. David Taylor. “The great news is that prostate cancer can be detected early with screenings and is entirely treatable. We hope that by hosting this race we can get the word out about the screenings and tests that are available to help fight prostate cancer and eventually bring the number of deaths from prostate cancer to ZERO.”

“NJPCAC is proud that so many people came out to support this worthy cause,” added NJPCAC Vice Chairman Dr. Alan Krieger, who participated in the race. “It was a great day and a great race. Congratulations to our winners and to everyone who attended this year to raise awareness of prostate cancer. We hope to have an even bigger crowd next year!”

 

About New Jersey Patient Care & Access Coalition:
NJPCAC represents nearly 200 physicians who belong to the largest and most innovative urology groups in the Garden State. This partnership supported by the experience of ZERO — The Project to End Prostate Cancer and the tireless energy of these urologists, is committed to making The Great Prostate Cancer Challenge a signature event for New Jersey and its citizens. In order to achieve this level of success, we need you to play an important role.

About ZERO — The Project to End Prostate Cancer:
ZERO challenges the complacency of American men to change their attitudes about early detection as the solution for prostate cancer through awareness, outreach, advocacy and research. It is projected that nearly 9,000 men in New Jersey will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year, a disease that is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in American men

 

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