New Eastside resident Alan Goldman will run something of a victory lap on Sept. 13. A prostate cancer survivor, he will be competing in the virtual SEA Blue Prostate Cancer Walk and Run.
Now in its 16th year, SEA Blue is designed to raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer. Traditionally held in Lincoln Park, the event attracted over a thousand participants in 2019.
Although the 2020 version will traverse a virtual course to accommodate COVID-era guidelines, Goldman plans to complete it while covering some real terrain (and, of course, observing safety precautions).
“I’m actually inviting a bunch of friends and family to run with me,” he said. “Then we’re going to head over the Hofbrauhaus in Rosemont to celebrate.”
Goldman, who works by day as a CFO for a downtown law firm, was “looking for something to be compassionate about” when he became involved with Us TOO International Prostate Cancer Education and Support Network, which is co-sponsoring the run along with UroPartners. After completing his first SEA Blue race “about four years ago,” he felt inspired to “contribute and give back.”
“They were looking for board members,” he recalled. “I submitted an application, went through the committee, and I’ve been treasurer for the past three years.”
Several online activities will complement this year’s event. “We’ll have thousands of people around the country running virtually and sending in pictures,” said Goldman. Afterwards, the post-race agenda includes a simulcast, educational speeches, and other various “things going on.”
Goldman, who will be completing a 5K, has been a runner for more than 30 years. He also exercises about six to seven times a week — “three to four days running and, every other day, I swim.” Although finishing the race should be a matter of routine, he recalls a time when it seemed impossible.
I was diagnosed with prostate cancer when I was 50,” he explained. "I’m 62 now, and thanks to an early diagnosis during a routine physical, I was able to have many treatment options available to me."
Now he runs to inform other men and their families about the abundance of support groups and educational programs designed to keep them healthy. "That’s what Us TOO is all about: providing support, education and advocacy resources.” he said.
Among the supporters cheering for Goldman will be his wife, daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter. His son will also be flying in from New York to run alongside him.
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