Register now for the 15th Annual SEA Blue Chicago Prostate Cancer Walk/Run Sept. 15

  • Grayslake resident Nancy O'Brien -- daughter of Russ Gould, who was a founder of the SEA Blue Prostate Cancer Run/Walk -- displays a quilt she had made of all the T-shirts her dad wore from past SEA Blue events. Sept. 15 2019 will mark the event's 15th anniversary.

    Grayslake resident Nancy O'Brien -- daughter of Russ Gould, who was a founder of the SEA Blue Prostate Cancer Run/Walk -- displays a quilt she had made of all the T-shirts her dad wore from past SEA Blue events. Sept. 15 2019 will mark the event's 15th anniversary. Courtesy of Eve Swire

 
Posted9/11/2019 1:46 PM

Submitted by Eve Swire

Registration is open for the 15th-annual SEA Blue Chicago Prostate Cancer Walk & Run at www.seablueprostatewalk.org.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

SEA Blue, the largest and longest-running prostate cancer event in Chicago, will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, in Lincoln Park at the intersection of LaSalle and Stockton on Chicago's lakefront. Money raised will help fund the work of Us TOO International, www.ustoo.org, a nonprofit that provides educational resources and support services to the prostate cancer community at no charge.

Each year, the prostate cancer community gathers to raise funds and awareness for Support, Education, and Advocacy (the "SEA" of SEA Blue) for those affected by the disease. Individuals and teams participate in a 5K race or a celebration walk through Lincoln Park.

In addition to the walk and run, SEA Blue will include a "Talk to the Experts" education tent, free PSA (prostate-specific antigen) testing, an event T-shirt, free lunch and snacks, free beer (one per person 21 and older), a performance by the Jesse White Tumblers, live music, and a family fun zone for

children. This year's event introduces the Pups for Prostates Parade, encouraging well-behaved, leashed dogs decked out in appropriate blue regalia to participate in a pet-friendly walk with their companions. The master of ceremonies will be prostate cancer survivor and WGN TV news anchor Steve Sanders, with a special guest appearance by Dave Fogel of 94.7 WLS FM, who is also a survivor.

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"September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and SEA Blue will help bring awareness to Chicago. There's an urgent need for prostate cancer support, education and advocacy here in Chicagoland and across the country," Us TOO CEO Chuck Strand said. "Within the next five years, the number of men diagnosed with prostate cancer is estimated to increase from nearly three million today to 4.2 million as baby boomers age. Every one of these men and his loved ones will need information to make informed decisions for minimizing the impact of the disease while maximizing the quality of life."

Event registration is priced at $50 for 5K adult runners, $40 for adult walkers, $30 for 5K child runners, and $25 for child walkers. Participation is free for children six and under. Those who are unable to participate in person but who still want to participate can register at no charge as a "virtual mover" to raise funds or host a satellite SEA Blue event in their own local area.

To register or donate, visit www.seablueprostatewalk.org.

For more information, call (630) 795-1002 or email seablueinfo@ustoo.org.

Us TOO International is a nonprofit that serves the prostate cancer community by providing educational resources and support services at no charge. This includes more than 200 volunteer-led support groups across the country and abroad to help men and their spouses/partners and families make informed decisions about prostate cancer detection, treatment options and related side effects. The organization was founded by -- and continues to be governed by -- people directly affected by prostate cancer. The mission of Us TOO is to provide hope and improve the lives of those affected by prostate cancer through support, education and advocacy. Visit www.ustoo.org for more information or call (630) 795-1002.

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