INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Thousands turned out for Saturday morning's Unite 2 Fight RaceAgainst Prostate Cancer. The annual event raises money to combat adisease 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 theclock struck 8 o'clock. Some ran competitively but others, likeMichael Mason and his son, just ran.
"We have a family member who suffers from prostate cancer. Wewanted to show our support. This is only our second time we ran a5K. We just wanted to finish," said Michael Mason.
Each year hundreds of thousands of men in the United States arediagnosed with prostate cancer. This event raises awareness andencourages early screening.
"In the state of Indiana we have 700 men that are dying thatdon't have to die if they would just get checked," one raceparticipant 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 survivorexplained.
The Unite 2 fight race focuses on celebrating life. Not everyoneran. Some, like Elvis, walked while others danced to a musicalmessage.
For many, this was a family event.
"We just wanted to enjoy a day with each other and support agood cause. It was enjoyable," one race participant said.
Organizers raised $150,000 through sponsorships andregistrations. Compare that to the $15,000 raised during the firstyear of the race. You can still donate through the Unite 2 Fightwebsite.
WISH-TV was a proud sponsor of the Unite 2 Fight Race AgainstProstate Cancer.
The race is a part of the IndianaBlack Expo Summer Celebration.
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