Bringing awareness to the Mankato community on men’s health and men’s cancer, particularly to prostate and testicular cancer, through engaging community events and fundraising to support community cancer patients.


growMANkato 2020

Bringing awareness of men’s health, with a focus on prostate and testicular cancer, through engaging community events and fundraising to support community cancer patients. growMANkato efforts started in 2012 with conversation between two local men, testicular cancer survivor, Chris Harstad and founder of the Jonathan Zierdt Cancer Fund, Jonathan Zierdt.

The 2020 fundraising goal is $10,000 and donations will be made to the Jonathan Zierdt Cancer Fund.

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2020 Celebrity Ambassador

Dr. Chaun Cox, MD
Family Medicine
Mayo Clinic Health System

Dr. Chaun Cox, is a graduate of the University of North Dakota Medical School. He completed his residency at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota and is now a Family Physician with the Mayo Clinic Health System. He has several leadership positions within the organization. He has a true passion for the care of his patients while helping them to navigate through their healthcare journey.

“It can be hard to take time for ourselves, especially in regards to our own, healthcare. The month of NovemberMen’s Health Awareness Monthis a great reminder for men to make the effort to take care of themselves especially during this difficult time,” says Dr. Cox.

Chaun, his wife Kate are both very involved in the community and with their sons, Ethan and Brodie. In his spare time Chaun loves running, marathons and participating in triathlons. He also enjoys coaching youth hockey.

growMANkato 2020 Events

Pick Up Your Stache Kit, Kickoff Event!
Monday, November 2
5:00-8:00 p.m.
Mankato Brewery & Virtual 

Make a $50 donation to the Jonathan Zierdt Cancer Fund during the month of October to receive your Stache Kit! On Monday, November 2, pick up your Stache Kit at Mankato Brewery. Celebrity Ambassador, Dr. Chaun Cox from Mayo Clinic Health System will be at this event along with Mankato Brewery and Lupulin Brewing Company together again, brewing Hero Hazy IPA, honoring the late Jonathan Zierdt.

Enjoy live music from The Divers.

This event will be hosted on Facebook Live from the Mankato Brewery page.

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Caribou Coffee Grand Opening Event
November 6 - 8
The NEW Caribou Coffee, Hwy 22 and Premier Drive

The Jonathan Zierdt Cancer Fund has been selected to be the recipient of the Caribou Coffee's Grand Opening Event at Hwy 22 and Premier Drive in Mankato!

Friday, November 6th - receive $1.00 off hot coffee and Nitro beverages.

Saturday, November 7 and Sunday, November 8 - Caribou Coffee will donate $1.00 for every transaction to JZCF.

In addition, participants that make a donation to growMANkato will be put in an exclusive drawing to win a Caribou Coffee prize packaged valued at $100! Donate Here

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Crooked Water Spirits Tasting Event
Monday, November 16
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Pub 500 & Virtual

Purchase your Spirits Kit and join Crooked Water and Pub 500 an unique tasting. Purchase your spirits kit here or at Mankato Area Foundation by November 9th or come to Pub 500 to participate in person. Each kit is $50 and is for two individuals to participate, including five different drinks, with proceeds going to the Jonathan Zierdt Cancer Fund.

If you are participating from home, you can tune in via Facebook Live from the Pub 500 page and follow along. If you purchase your kit at Pub 500, in-person you'll receive drink tasting samples and snacks.

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Celebrity Shave Down Virtual Event 
Monday, November 30
7:00 p.m.

The moment you've all been waiting for! Ambassador Dr. Chaun Cox will have is wife, Kate, shave down his beard after 30 days of growing facial hair to raise awareness for men's health. In addition, Pub 500 will donate a portion from all takeout orders on November 30 to the JZ Cancer Fund.

This event will be hosted on Facebook Live from the growMANkato page.

growMANkato 2020 In the News


NORTH MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) — Hero Hazy IPA is brewing once again at Mankato Brewery. The Mankato Brewery and Lupulin Brewing Company teamed up with the Mankato Area Foundation to honor Jonathan Zierdt. It’s part of growMANkato 2020, a month-long men’s health awareness campaign that happens every November in Mankato. View Full Story


Mankato, MN (September 28, 2020) –The Jonathan Zierdt Cancer Fund (JZCF) is pleased to announce that Dr. Chaun Cox of Mayo Clinic Health System has been named growMANkato’s Celebrity Ambassador to raise awareness for men’s health during the month of November. A press event will be held on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 10 am at Mankato Brewery and will feature brewery owners, Tim Tupy of Mankato Brewery and Jeff Zierdt from Lupulin Brewing Company to talk about their collaborative efforts with Hazy Hero IPA, as well as a message from Chris Harstad, chair and co-founder of growMANkato to discuss A Men’s Health Initiative and a message from growMANkato’s Celebrity Ambassador, Dr. Cox. Read Full Release