Updated: Saturday, 11 Jul 2009, 9:31 PM EDT
Published : Saturday, 11 Jul 2009, 12:51 PM EDT
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Thousands turned out for Saturday morning's Unite 2 Fight Race Against Prostate Cancer. The annual event raises money to combat a disease that affects one out of every six men in the U.S.
Runners were at the ready and took off on the 5K race when the clock struck 8 o'clock. Some ran competitively but others, like Michael Mason and his son, just ran.
"We have a family member who suffers from prostate cancer. We wanted to show our support. This is only our second time we ran a 5K. We just wanted to finish," said Michael Mason.
Each year hundreds of thousands of men in the United States are diagnosed with prostate cancer. This event raises awareness and encourages early screening.
"In the state of Indiana we have 700 men that are dying that don't have to die if they would just get checked," one race participant stated.
Among the participants were dozens of prostate cancer survivors. Men who were tested early and treated early.
"My fine doctor has given us extra time. Everything is great. Everyone should get out early and have a look at it," one survivor explained.
The Unite 2 fight race focuses on celebrating life. Not everyone ran. Some, like Elvis, walked while others danced to a musical message.
For many, this was a family event.
"We just wanted to enjoy a day with each other and support a good cause. It was enjoyable," one race participant said.
Organizers raised $150,000 through sponsorships and registrations. Compare that to the $15,000 raised during the first year of the race. You can still donate through the Unite 2 Fight website.
WISH-TV was a proud sponsor of the Unite 2 Fight Race Against Prostate Cancer.
The race is a part of the Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration.
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