November 1, 2010
ZERO’S DASH FOR DAD AIMS TO STOP PROSTATE CANCER IN ITS TRACKS WITH HELP FROM FERRING PHARMACEUTICALS
PARSIPPANY, NJ – November 1, 2010 – Men, women and children from Long Island and beyond have a chance to help stop prostate cancer in its tracks. The Great Prostate Cancer Challenge (GPCC) / Dash for Dad, led by ZERO — The Project to End Prostate Cancer, together with its official sponsor Ferring Pharmaceuticals Inc., the makers of FIRMAGON®(degarelix for injection—a hormone antagonist therapy for advanced prostate cancer), will take place on Sunday, November 14, 2010. New Yorkers are encouraged to lace up their sneakers for this important cause, or sponsor those who participate. The start time for the half mile “Fun Walk,” which is open to people of all ages, is 8:20 AM. The 5K run begins at 9:00 AM. Walkers and runners will meet at the Town of Oyster Bay Golf Course, where free prostate cancer screenings will be available from 7:30 AM to 11:00 AM. Every entrant will receive a commemorative sweatshirt.
“We are proud to support ZERO’s Great Prostate Cancer Challenge / Dash for Dad, the premier prostate cancer race series in the United States,” said William Garbarini, Vice President, US Marketing, Ferring Pharmaceuticals Inc. “This race is an important chance to educate men in the Long Island, NY area about prostate cancer, particularly early detection through screenings and treatment options. It couldn’t be more inspiring to see prostate cancer survivors and family members, as well as athletes, doctors and friends, race with determination for a cause that affects so many.”
This year, ZERO expects more than 7,000 participants across 13 cities in the GPCC / Dash for Dad. The widespread exposure generated by the events will go a long way toward advancing the organization’s mission—zero tolerance for prostate cancer. It is the only men’s health fundraiser in the nation that is supported by physicians’ groups. “Partnering with Ferring’s FIRMAGON—an important novel treatment option for locally advanced prostate cancer patients—means a great deal,“ said ZERO’s CEO Skip Lockwood. “Ferring shares our emphatic commitment to prostate cancer awareness. Teaming up strengthens our ability to cross the finish line, and reach our goal.”
The Long Island Walk/Run is being coordinated by Integrated Medical Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve healthcare through patient education and community outreach.
“I urge all men, particularly those over the age of 40 to talk to their healthcare provider about prostate cancer,” says Rhonda Samuel, Executive Director of Integrated Medical Foundation Inc., located in Melville, NY.
The first GPCC / Dash for Dad event took place in 2008 in an effort to promote prostate cancer awareness, early detection and research. To date, the national series has raised more than one million dollars through 10Ks, 5Ks and walks. ZERO dedicates the proceeds from each event to free prostate cancer screenings for men in their community.
Prostate cancer is diagnosed every two minutes and 15 seconds, and takes about one life every 18 minutes. It is the most common non-skin cancer, and the second leading cause of cancer death in American men. About one man in six will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime, and one in 35 will die of this disease.
Both the GPCC / Dash for Dad “Fun Walk” and the 5K run will take place within the scenic grounds of the Town of Oyster Bay Golf Course, One Southwoods Road, Woodbury, NY. For more information visit: http://www.GreatProstateCancerChallenge.com/
About ZERO – The Project to End Prostate Cancer
Zero prostate cancer deaths. Zero prostate cancer cases and for those with prostate cancer, it means a zero PSA. The name stands for zero tolerance for prostate cancer. ZERO – The Project to End Prostate Cancer is committed to not only reducing prostate cancer and alleviating pain from the disease but to end it. They 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 to cope effectively throughout their cancer journeys. They provide comprehensive treatment information to patients, education to those at risk and conduct free prostate cancer testing throughout the country. They increase research funds from the federal government to find new treatments and fund local grants to end the disease.
FIRMAGON is a prescription medicine used in the treatment of advanced prostate cancer.
Important Safety Information
FIRMAGON should not be given to people who are allergic to any of the ingredients in FIRMAGON. It should not be given to women who are pregnant or may become pregnant. FIRMAGON can harm an unborn baby when given to a pregnant woman.
Before receiving FIRMAGON, tell your healthcare provider about all your medical conditions, including if you have any heart problems, problems with balance of your body salts or electrolytes (such as, sodium, potassium, calcium, and magnesium), or have kidney or liver problems.
The common side effects of FIRMAGON include: hot flashes, injection site pain, redness and swelling (especially with the first dose), weight gain, increase in some liver enzymes, tiredness, hypertension, back and joint pain, chills, urinary tract infection, and decreased sex drive and trouble with erectile function (impotence). Please see Full Prescribing Information at www.Firmagon.com.
About Ferring Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Ferring Pharmaceuticals Inc. is a subsidiary of Ferring Pharmaceuticals, a Swiss-headquartered, research driven, specialty biopharmaceutical group active in global markets. The company identifies, develops and markets innovative products in the areas of endocrinology, gastroenterology, reproductive health and urology. Ferring Pharmaceuticals offers a line of urology, infertility, gynecology, and orthopaedic products in the U.S. market. For more information, call 1-888-FERRING (1-888-337-7464) or visit http://www.FerringUsa.com/.