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Mon Health Medical Center Auxiliary hosts first ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk in W.Va.

The Mon Health Medical Center Auxiliary has announced the first ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk in West Virginia to support prostate cancer patients, survivors, caregivers and families.

The race — part of a national event series — shows community support through raising funds and awareness for those active in the fight against prostate cancer. Morgantown and surrounding area community members will come together at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 28 to fight a disease that takes the life of an American man every 15 minutes.

Morgantown joins nearly 50 communities as part of the nation’s only event series dedicated solely to prostate cancer for more than a decade. The run/walk is hosted by the Mon Health Medical Center Auxiliary and promotes disease awareness, educates men about their risk, and raises critical funding to support patients and families. The event will also feature local food trucks.

“Through our unique partnership model, premier urology practices in cities around the country plan an important role with us to raise significant funding and awareness, build local prostate cancer communities, and end prostate cancer,” said Tracy Cesaretti, ZERO’s vice president of events.

“The Mon Health Medical Center Auxiliary is excited to host the first ever Prostate Cancer Run/Walk in West Virginia to support those affected by prostate cancer in our local community,” said Chris Battin, auxiliary board president. “In 2022 alone, over 1,500 people will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in West Virginia, and we hope that through this event, we can help raise funds to help those patients and increase awareness of the disease.”

Bartender challenge

Mon Health System will also host a bartender challenge from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Bartini Prime in Morgantown. Mon Health urologists, Drs. John Battin, David Hall, and Jaschar Shakuri-Rad, will compete against PA-C’s, Beth Guzzi, Megan McKown, and Lance Bryson, to see who can raise the most funds. All proceeds will benefit the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk on Aug. 28.

The event will take place at the Mylan Park Track Complex at 1847 Fitness Way in Morgantown. For more information, visit To learn more about Mon Health System, visit

Established in 2007, the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk is a growing, nationwide series that attracts patients, survivors, family members, friends, medical professionals and athletes who come together as a community to save lives and keep families together.

ZERO — The End of Prostate Cancer is the leading national nonprofit with the mission to end prostate cancer and help all who are impacted. ZERO advances research, provides support and creates solutions to achieve health equity to meet the most critical needs of our community. From early detection to survivorship, ZERO is the premier resource for prostate cancer patients and their families to access comprehensive support, make meaningful connections and take action to save lives. Our dedicated national and chapter staff is joined with a growing team of passionate volunteer champions to increase advocacy, awareness, and community engagement to ZERO out prostate cancer. ZERO is recognized with four out of four stars by Charity Navigator and accredited by the Better Business Bureau. ZERO spends more on programs than any other prostate cancer charity, dedicating 85 cents of every dollar to support, education and research.