CRANFORD - The 1st Annual Charlie’s Angel Prostate Cancer Walk honoring the memory of Charlie Robert Bathelus, will be held at Nomahegan Park in Cranford on Saturday, September 29, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The new non-profit foundation and its work, are in honor of the late Charlie Robert Bathelus, father of Elizabeth Board of Education member Charlene Bathelus. Mr. Bathelus who died in 2016 after a nearly three-year battle with prostate cancer.

“The Charlie Robert Prostate Cancer Foundation will promote awareness, empower, encourage, and educate men while saving lives before it is too late,” Charlene Bathelus said. ”While cancer is recognized as one of the leading causes of death among women, prostate cancer is often overlooked as one of the leading causes of death among men. It is time to empower our men on the importance of getting tested and living a healthier lifestyle.”

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The foundation’s goal is to help reduce deaths from prostate cancer by 20 percent between 2018-2030. Current statistics make research and education critical, Charlene Bathelus said:

  • African-American men are 70 percent more likely to get prostate cancer
  • Active duty military personnel are twice as likely to develop prostate cancer as their civilian counterparts
  • Prostate cancer is the second most common type of cancer in men in the United States, with approximately one in every six being diagnosed during his lifetime

The September 29 walk, co-sponsored by the Union County Board of Freeholders, will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m.

An Awareness Fair will also be held with more than 20 health providers who will promote public health by empowering the community, conducting on-site PSA screenings and educating attendees on the risk that affect the men in our lives with prostate and other cancers. 

Doctors and nurses on-site will speak to attendees about health factors, preventative measures and how walking can improve, prevent or manage various conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and all other illnesses. Information will be available about cancer-fighting foods and healthy snacks to further the wellness initiative.

More information about the Charlie Robert Foundation and registration details can be found at