The Zero Prostate Cancer Challenge is the only physician-based prostate cancer awareness and fundraising program in America. Chesapeake Urology Associates began the event in 2007, and it now encompasses 36 cities! On Sept. 29, runners and walkers will assemble at 8:30 am at the Johnny Unitas Stadium at Towson University for a 10k, 5k, or one-mile fun walk. Organizers hope to attract 4,000 runners and raise $400,000.
This year there will be a Survivor Sweethearts Ring of Honor tribute taking place at 7:40 a.m. All spouses of survivors who raise $500 or more will receive a sterling silver stop sign necklace, handcrafted especially for Zero - The End of Prostate Cancer.
What happens after the race? How are the funds used? Giving back to the community has always been a top priority for Dr. Sanford J. Siegel, president and CEO of CU. Statistics show that 60 percent of black men are diagnosed with prostate cancer and that they are six times more likely to die from the disease than Caucasian men. The good news is that detection at an early stage can lead to a favorable outcome. But many men do not have access to healthcare or the finances to be screened. Enter Chesapeake Urology and its mobile unit and these men now have access to this life-saving screening. In and around Baltimore 6,000 men have been screened for prostate cancer free of charge. In addition to this, volunteers work with Bea Gaddy's Thanks For Giving Campaign, host golf tournaments, and conduct blood drives, all in an effort to give back and raise awareness and funds for prostate cancer research.
A Wheels for Prostate Cancer will be held Sept. 7 at the Timonium Fairgrounds. This 5th annual event draws about 400 cars to the show but anything with wheels is invited to participate. For information, or to sign up for either event, log on to http://www.zerobaltimore.org or call 866-432-2851.
The Firefighter's Challenge takes place at Padonia Station on Saturday, Aug. 10 from 4 p.m until the challenges are done. Many contests have been planned and include guest bartender, wing eating, and a turn-out gear contest. There will be raffled prizes and a silent auction as well, with live music beginning at 10 p.m. Proceeds from these activities will benefit the fire companies from Lutherville, Kingsville, Chestnut Ridge, White Marsh, Pikesville, and Hereford. Padonia Station is located at 63 East Padonia Road.
The volunteers at Chestnut Ridge Fire Dept. also are busy hosting kids' birthday parties at the station. The two-hour celebration includes rides on the fire engine, a fire safety demonstration, a squirt house visit, and tours of the station, complete with a look at a fire pole. Tables and chairs are provided for the event and food, cake, and party goods are allowed to be brought in. Have a summer birthday party there and serve Firehouse Snowballs to the guests. Selling snowballs is another fundraiser that the volunteers man all summer, and I cannot drive by the station without stopping for one. The firehouse is located on Greenspring Avenue, just north of Caves Road.
A warm welcome is wished to the Rev. Jeff Paulson as he led his first service on July 7 at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. I'm sure that he will make new friends in the community during his tenure here. This church and its vibrant volunteers have truly been a blessing in our area.
Local amateur musicians can showcase their talents at an Open Mic Nite at the Gordon Center. Bring an acoustic guitar, keyboard, or hand drums on Tuesday, Aug. 13 or Sept. 10 (7-9 p.m.) and claim your 15 minutes of fame. The Gordon Center is located at 3506 Gwynnbrook Avenue. Call 410-559-3609 for information.
Well, it is about that time when school will soon be in session. Wait, what? Already? The collection of school supplies has already begun. The Ray Rice Foundation sponsors a school supplies drive for Baltimore kids in need, and donations were recently dropped at the Irvine Nature Center in Owings Mills. For those that would like to contribute, visit the web site dollardays.com/ rayricecharitablefund/wishlist where supplies can be purchased for these students. Purchasers will receive a thank- you note from Rice and he will match all purchase. Now that's what giving back to the community is all about, and these students will be off to a great start with the proper school supplies.
School also means new clothes and shoes and Maryland gets a tax-break on both. From Aug. 11-17, shoppers can buy clothes and footwear purchases without going to Delaware or Pennsylvania. Taxes will not be charged on these items so shop till you drop, and use the money you save on gas to treat yourself to lunch!
There are many August birthdays so here goes: Christian Isaiah Often turned 5 on Aug. 3 and his baby cousin, Gabriel Michael Solomon, turns 1 on Aug. 29. Gabe's mom, Casie Nicole, celebrates her special day on Aug. 23 along with Kari Ann Marzola. Now add a Happy 5th wedding anniversary to Jacob and Brittany Davidson on Aug. 23 and there's a whole lot of celebrating going on this month!
As summer wraps up, I hope you have had a relaxing, less-stressed few months and are ready to gear up for school and fall activities. Call with your special news, and I'll be back Sept. 12.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun