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Athletes for a Cure is a fundraising and awareness program of the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

About Athletes for a Cure

Athletes for a Cure is a fundraising and awareness program of the Prostate Cancer Foundation. We help athletes of any skill and ability as they play, bike, run, race, compete or walk for a cure. Since our creation in 2006, we’ve raised nearly four million dollars for prostate cancer research. For 2013, we have set an ambitious goal of raising over one million dollars to fund research in early detection and screening for prostate cancer, as well as research regarding nutrition and exercise as they relate to the disease. Our hope is to raise awareness for prostate cancer and to fund research to help the hundreds of thousands of men diagnosed with the disease. To find out more about the groundbreaking research funded by the Prostate Cancer Foundation, visit pcf.org.

We invite you to become a part of our “sea of blue” at events around North America. We have teams at events ranging from Ironmans to triathlons to marathons, there’s something for everyone. We offer entries at many of our events as part of the Athletes for a Cure team by reaching fundraising goals. And if we don’t have an event you’re interested in, you can join our Any Event, Any Time, Anywhere program and compete in your favorite event and help us fundraise for a cure. We offer fundraising incentives for all of our athletes, including gift cards, training plans, hotels, airfare, event entries, t-shirts, uniforms, running shoes and more! We’re constantly adding new prizes, so check our website regularly.

Our opportunities spread far beyond endurance events through our Create Your Own Event program. Each year hundreds of people put on their own events for Athletes for a Cure in a variety of sports including: bocce ball tournaments, pond hockey games, skeet shooting, car racing, baseball, volleyball… and everything in between! If you have an idea, let us know and we can send you a kit to get you started.

With many opportunities for athletes to get involved, Athletes for a Cure is seeking to raise awareness for prostate cancer, a disease that will affect 1 in 6 men with over 200,000 diagnoses each year and almost 30,000 deaths.

Athletes for a Cure is a force of hope for the millions of men and families living with prostate cancer. You can be a part of a group of people that are making a difference for millions of men around the world. Who do you race for? We race for the 1 in 6.

About the Prostate Cancer Foundation

The Prostate Cancer Foundation is the leading philanthropic organization funding and accelerating prostate cancer research globally. Since 1993, our unique strategies for identifying and investing in the most promising research programs have generated life-saving results. Through the generous contributions of our donors, PCF has raised more than $550 million and funded over 2,000 programs at over 200 research centers in 18 countries. For more information about prostate cancer and the impact the Prostate Cancer Foundation is making, please visit www.pcf.org.

How it Works

There are 3 ways to be an athlete for a cure:

Attend An
Event

Fundraise On
Your Own

Create an
Event

Prizes

Unless otherwise noted, the fundraising incentives for participating and fundraising for Athletes for a Cure as follows:

$25 Athletes for a Cure Registration (or after $25 raised)
AFAC Welcome Kit, including:

  • AFAC Technical T-Shirt
  • Prostate Cancer Foundation Cookbook
  • 2 Blue Prostate Cancer Awareness Bracelets
  • Prostate Cancer, PCF and AFAC Informational Postcards
  • Other items as available

The following prizes and prize levels can vary based on the event you’re participating in, please the respective pages for each event for specifics. All prizes below are cumulative and subject to the AFAC Prize Rules.

$250 Raised
Your choice of official AFAC Team Uniform (running or triathlon)

$750 Raised
AFAC drawstring backpack and water bottle

$1,250 Raised
One Apple iPod Shuffle

$2,000 Raised
One pair of running shoes

$3,000 Raised
One $100 gift card

$6,000 Raised
One $200 gift card

AFAC Prize Rules

Official AFAC Team Uniform Options (one choice per participant):

  • Triathlon Top (gender specific)
  • Running Singlet (gender specific)
  • Sizes and styles subject to availability. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery

Running Shoes Rules:

  • Selection of shoes to be offered at discretion of AFAC.
  • We will do their best to offer first choice of shoes; however, selection of shoes will be determined by stock and availability of size/color.

Additional Rules:

  • Prizes are accumulated within one calendar year. As of January 1 of each year, all fundraising dollars are set to $0. Exceptions to this require individual requests. Please submit requests to info@athletesforacure.org
  • Each event is a separate fundraising program. Multiple fundraising pages and dollars will not be accumulative. Awards will be distributed according to individual fundraising page dollar amounts.
  • Each fundraising level supplements the prize packages; prizes are cumulative. [For example, once you receive your AFAC team uniform after raising $250, you do not get another when you reach $500.
  • Athlete is responsible for the shipping costs of exchanges or returns, unless it is due to our error.
  • If you prefer to decline any of your prizes, please let us know.

Where the Money Goes

Since our founding in 2006, Athletes for a Cure has raised nearly $5 million to proudly support the efforts of the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) to raise funds and awareness for the fight against prostate cancer.

We’re an athletic-based organization and we like to compete and that’s why we support an organization like the Prostate Cancer Foundation. Since 1993, PCF has been a major catalyst for many of the scientific advances in prostate cancer research. PCF finds and funds the very best research and scientists around the world.

Why Research?
“To get to a world without prostate cancer, we need research. Research is funding. And, thanks to the thousands of Athletes for a Cure around the country, funding is coming.”
Dr. Jonathan Simons, President and CEO of the Prostate Cancer Foundation

Prostate cancer is no longer a death sentence; there is hope. That simply was not true five years ago. And five years from now, we’ll have grandfathers, fathers, uncles and brothers alive who never would have been if it hadn’t been for a common commitment to put prostate cancer out of business through research.

There is a moment up ahead where men will no longer be treated unnecessarily, where every man and family has the right information about prostate cancer.

With resolve and a total commitment of putting money in the hands of the very best doctors and scientists, prostate cancer will lead the way as the first major cancer to simply cease to be a cause of death and suffering.

Why PCF?
All this may one day be a reality, thanks in no small part to the Prostate Cancer Foundation. PCF has awarded more than 2,000 research projects that offer hope for improving outcomes in patients with prostate cancer as well as better diagnostics and testing for those that may have the disease. These high-impact projects include clinical research to evaluate new drugs, novel treatment strategies for prostate cancer, basic science research to better understand the biology of prostate cancer, as well as better tests to determine whether a man has prostate cancer and how severe his own case may be.

At the same time, PCF funds key clinical trials as part of its efforts to shorten the time between drug development and FDA approval. In the past four years, PCF-funded science has seeded, in some cases invented, developed, and accelerated to patients six new, life-extending, FDA approved drugs for advanced prostate cancer.

We are incredibly proud of the work of the Prostate Cancer Foundation, and together we are all part of a community that has helped reduce United States prostate cancer deaths by 30%.

PCF-Funded Research
In 2013, PCF funded 28 new Young Investigator awards, these awards are given to scientists early in their careers to encourage them to continue to research prostate cancer in the future.

Learn more about the 2013 Young Investigators by visiting: http://www.pcf.org/younginvestigators

Learn more about PCF’s research accomplishments by visiting: http://www.pcf.org/accomplishments

Fundraising Efficiency
100% of funds donated to Athletes for a Cure directly support the efforts of the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

The Prostate Cancer Foundation spends 83% of the funds it receives to empower the world’s top scientific minds by cutting red tape and encouraging collaboration to speed breakthroughs by funding ground-breaking research and helping raise awareness for the disease.

Prostate Cancer Information

The Prostate Cancer Foundation is the leading source of prostate cancer information on the web. More info can be found on the PCF website, pcf.org

Prostate cancer is to men what breast cancer is to women, with more than 16 million men and their families fighting the disease globally. While many advances in the field have been made, and men with prostate cancer are living longer, more productive lives, too many men still die and too many families still suffer.

  • Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in America, affecting 1 in 6 men.
  • In 2014, an estimated 233,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, and an 29,480 men will die from the disease. One new case occurs every 2.3 minutes and a man dies from prostate cancer every 17.8 minutes.
  • It is estimated that there are more than 2 million American men currently living with prostate cancer.
  • A non-smoking man is more likely to develop prostate cancer than he is to develop colon, bladder, melanoma, lymphoma and kidney cancers combined.

FAQ

If you do not see an answer to your question here, please email info@athletesforacure.org

Questions About Registration

How do I register?
Go to the Events page (athletesforacure.org/events), select the way you would like to participate, and complete the form. You will be guided through the registration process. Once your registration is complete, you will receive a confirmation email receipt. If you are under 18 years of age, you will need an adult advisor to register.
How much does it cost to register for Athletes for a Cure?
Although joining Athletes for a Cure is free, a $25 donation is suggested for all new participants. This suggested contribution would counts toward your fundraising goal and helps get your fundraising activity started. As soon as you raise $25, we will send you a welcome kit and an Athletes for a Cure shirt.
Are there fundraising minimums?
There are no fundraising requirements to participate in Athletes for a Cure, although the Prostate Cancer Foundation is supported 100% by private contributions, which means that we need financial support from people like you if we are going to achieve our mission: to develop better treatments and a cure for prostate cancer. With that said, some of our events do have fundraising minimums if we are going to provide you with an entry for the event.
Is my information secure?
Yes. StayClassy (our online fundraising host) has made every effort to protect your information, using industry-standard SSL encryption techniques to make sure that your credit card information, passwords and personal information travel securely over the Internet.

Questions About Your Account and Your Webpage

I’m having technical problems setting up my webpage. How can I get help?
Please send an email to info@athletesforacure.org
I need to make a change to my webpage (update copy, modify an offline contribution, change the design). How do I do this?
You have the ability to make all these changes from the “Edit Your Page” tab after you log into your fundraising site.
What is the long website address for that I received in my confirmation receipt?
This website address will take you to your personal webpage. During the registration process you have the ability to create a Custom Page URL. We recommend that you share this shorter, custom link with your supporters. This link can be changed any time.
I forgot my password. How can I retrieve it?
Remember that your username and password are case sensitive. Go to your event website and click on the “Login” button at the top right of the page and then click on “Forgot password”. An email will be sent with instructions.
How can I see who has donated on my webpage?
Login in to your fundraising page and clink the “Donations” tab. You can then view your donor list and the amounts that have been donated. If you like, you can use the email templates provided to send a thank you email, comment in response to their . All online donors receive an email confirmation from the Athletes for a Cure after donating. You can edit the message that

Questions About Donations

What percentage of donations go to the Prostate Cancer Foundation?
Athletes for a Cure is a program of the Prostate Cancer Foundation. All money raised from by Athletes for a Cure goes directly to the Prostate Cancer Foundation.
Who or what is StayClassy?
StayClassy is the company that provides online fundraising software for Athletes for a Cure.
How do I manage my offline donations?
Offline donations should be sent to Athletes for a Cure and include a note that they are in support of your efforts. Once received at our headquarters, we will add the amounts to your fundraising page. Follow the instructions below.
If I am collecting checks, who should they be made out to and where should they be mailed?
All checks should be made out to “Athletes for a Cure” and mailed to:

Athletes for a Cure
1250 Fourth Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401

How often should I send my offline contributions to Athletes for a Cure?
Please send them as soon as possible so that we may acknowledge the gift and update your fundraising page.
Is my information secure?
Yes. StayClassy (our online fundraising host) has made every effort to protect your information, using industry-standard SSL encryption techniques to make sure that your credit card information, passwords, and personal information travel securely over the Internet.
Can friends and family make a donation to a participant by going through the main website?
Yes. On the home page of the website, friends and family can locate a participant by clicking on the “Donate” link, selecting the link to donate to a specific individual or group and then performing a search.

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