MANCHESTER, NH — Sunday’s Stache Dash 5K at Stark Brewing Co. is a chance for everyone to come together for a worthy cause — facial hair, optional.
After discovering their common bond, Cronin and Kantor established the first 5K race for prostate cancer in New Hampshire. Then in 2015, Kantor and a group of like-minded individuals created Chill Cares, a charitable arm of Kantor’s business, Chill Spa on Hanover Street. Through Chill Cares, a local support network has grown which provides families with support and a way to make sure the message of early detection, prevention and treatment is heard far and wide.
What began as two women determined to spread the word about prostate cancer has grown to include a statewide awareness campaign. On Sept. 20 Gov. Chris Sununu met with members of the NH Prostate Cancer Coalition board to declare September as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in NH. Kantor, who serves on the board, said it was a huge honor for the New Hampshire coalition. Chill Cares and the New Hampshire Prostate Cancer Coalition are proud participants in the National Alliance of State Prostate Cancer Coalitions. Their plan is to elevate prostate cancer awareness events to a national level.
Along with getting in on the fun and the run this Sunday, participants are asked to bring a necktie to be added to the annual display. Each necktie represents someone who has battled prostate cancer and beat it, or someone whose life has been affected by the loss of a loved one to the disease.