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Written by ZeroCancer.org   
Tuesday, 08 May 2012 13:47
What is ZERO’s National Father’s Day Golf-A-Thon?

More than 240,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year, and more than 28,000 will die from the disease. By playing one round of golf on Father’s Day weekend, you can save the men that mean the most to you.

ZERO’s National Golf-A-Thon will be Father’s Day weekend, June 15-17 2012. It is open to all golfers, regardless of their playing ability, gender or age. It is also both an individual and team competition. Participants can play for teams (departments, locations, courses, alumni) or as individuals. Participants play golf based on their own schedules on Father’s Day weekend and are in competition to see which team or individual can raise the most money. Prizes will also be given out to the top three individuals or teams who raise the most money.

By participating in ZERO’s National Father’s Day Golf-A-Thon, 100 percent of the funds you raise will go toward prostate cancer awareness, research and testing.

Funds are raised for ZERO—The Project to End Prostate Cancer through pledges on holes played. The more holes a participant plays on Father's Day weekend, the more money they generate to fight prostate cancer. Participants will collect pledges from sponsors for each hole played during the ZERO's Father's Day Golf-A-Thon. If a participant plays 36 holes during the golf a thon and a sponsor pledges $1 a hole, the golfer will raise $36 towards the fight against prostate cancer. It's that easy!

The team or individual raising the most money will win the grand prize trip to the Know Your Score Celebrity Golf Tournament in Myrtle Beach, SC, benefiting prostate cancer awareness, research and testing. The trip includes lodging for four at Pawleys Plantation in Myrtle Beach, SC, four tickets to the VIP celebrity reception, four entries into the celebrity golf tournament, and four tickets to the gala. The runners up will receive ZERO golf apparel.

What courses can you play?

You can play any 9-hole or 18-hole golf course from any set of course tees in the world, based on your own schedule. You can play with your own personal golf partners or foursomes. No handicaps required. Just get out on Father’s Day weekend, get your free pass from your significant other and play golf for a great cause!

How do I enter?

Golf-A-Thon participants will have their own personalized donation webpage that they can send to friends and family. It will be easy for supporters to make donations right on this page. You will also be able to include why you are participating and raising money for prostate cancer.

Why Prostate Cancer?

One in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. There are no noticeable symptoms of the disease while it is in the early stages, so testing is vitally important. The chances of a man getting prostate cancer are one in three with one close relative (father, brother) with the disease. The risk is 83 percent with two close relatives and 97 percent with three. African American men are at increased risk for the disease and have the highest rate of prostate cancer in the world - one in four men. They are also 2.5 times more likely to die from the disease.

At ZERO, we commit ourselves not only to reduce prostate cancer or alleviate the pain from the disease, but also to end it. We see a future where all men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer will be cured or manage their illness with good quality of life, with the support they need to minimize physical and emotional suffering and cope effectively throughout their cancer journey.

To accomplish our goal, we provide comprehensive treatment information to patients, education to those at risk and conduct free prostate cancer testing throughout the country. We increase research funds from the federal government to find new treatments and we fund local grants to end the disease.

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