Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato and County Council President Rich Fitzgerald today dyed the Allegheny County Courthouse fountain blue to raise awareness of prostate cancer and to promote the 7th Annual Father’s Day 5K/10K Run & Walk for Prostate Cancer, which will be held on Sun., June 21.
“More than 186,000 men are expected to be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year, which is comparable to the number of women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer,” said Onorato. “If it’s detected early enough, prostate cancer is treatable and survivable. If our efforts to promote prostate cancer awareness encourage even one man to be screened, then we have made a difference.”
Onorato and Fitzgerald declared the week of June 15 “Prostate Cancer Awareness Week” in conjunction with the annual Father’s Day run and walk to benefit the Obediah Cole Foundation for Prostate Cancer.
“Early detection is absolutely critical to treating and surviving prostate cancer,” said Fitzgerald. “We are proud to do our small part in raising awareness and encouraging men to visit their doctors.”
Founded by prostate cancer survivors Jerry Bortman and Jerry Livingston, and former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Robin Cole, the Obediah Cole Foundation for Prostate Cancer is an organization that focuses on boosting education, awareness, and early detection of the disease.
Registration for the Father’s Day Run & Walk for Prostate Cancer is from 7:00 to 8:15 a.m. on Sunday at River Front Park near Heinz Field. Families and individuals who are not running can participate in the one-mile Promenade Stroll starting near the Bettis Grill. Free prostate exam screenings will be available for men over the age of 40 at the race packet pickup area on Sat., June 20, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at River Front Park outside of Heinz Field’s Gate A.