'Dash for Dads' Brings Families Out to Raise Awareness on Fathers' Day

By: Chris Buckley & Staff Email
By: Chris Buckley & Staff Email

RENO, Nev. -- Some dads were up bright and early this Father's Day helping raise money for prostate cancer awareness.

The annual event, called "Dash for Dads," took off Sunday morning at the Sparks Marina. It was the second year Cancer Awareness of Nevada sponsored the run/walk.

About 500 people signed up to hit the pavement bright and early. Money raised from the event goes to help local cancer patients.

"Last year we helped 25 men that were going through prostate cancer with their treatment," said Dash for Dads director Carol Lopez.

This year's event grew by leaps and bounds compared to last year.

"We have fantastic support from the community lots of sponsors' support... and a lot of cancer patients and survivors are here walking," added Lopez.

"I'm supporting the awareness of prostate cancer,' said survivor Fred Harvey of Sparks, "especially since I did have prostate cancer. Six years ago I went through therapy, radioactive seeds, and I've been doing very well. I have a test every year to keep things going the right way."

Prostate cancer is even more prevalent than breast cancer, affecting one out of every six men.

"I've had other members of my family that have had it. Fortunately they got it early enough," said Harvey. "I got it early enough, and one of the sponsors here is my doctor so I'm really proud."

The message was about awareness.

"Men get out there and get tested. Prostate cancer is curable," said Lopez. "You just need to get tested in time, and we're giving away free tests and doctors exams so its all free there's no excuses."

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