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Dash for Dads promotes prostate cancer awareness
by Dan Eckles
Jun 11, 2013 | 863 views | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A year ago, Dash for Dads became a reality in the Truckee Meadows. Now, for some, it may be becoming a necessity.

Dash for Dads, a running event aimed at promoting prostate cancer awareness, will take place Sunday morning at the Sparks Marina.

"This will be our second event. It was a huge success last year and we were told by many we had to put it n again," said Carol Lopez, Director of Dash for Dads and trustee on the board of Cancer Awareness of Nevada.

Opening ceremonies for the event are set to kick off at 7:30 a.m. and the 5K run will begin at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Father's Day. A 2-mile walk will begin at 8:30 a.m. and Kids Dash is set for 10 a.m.

Lopez said about 580 participants took part in last year's inaugural race and that a third of those signed up in the last two days before the race. She expects the 2013 event to easily eclipse last year's numbers.

"Our goal is to get a thousand participants," Lopez said. "We're not quite there yet but I've seen registrations coming in through email and I've picked some up in the mail. We've also got some big teams."

Lopez said the event's title sponsor, Urology Nevada, is gearing up for a team of 60 members to take part this weekend. Awards will be given to the largest team, most creative team and for the grope or individual raising the most funds.

Lopez reiterated that the main goal of Sunday's Dash for Dads event is to get men talking about prostate cancer awareness and get them motivated to get tested. She shared a story about a gentleman who got tested following last year's event, who learned he had prostate cancer and that the test may have saved his life. She said all the funds raised by Dash for Dads will be used to help local men cover medical expenses in their battle against cancer.

"We had 25 men that we helped pay their medical bills with the monies raised last year," Lopez said. "Our goal is to help more this year.

"This is a whole family event. We want to bring out the dads and the grandpas, the brothers. We want to convince them to get tested. Men sometimes aren't the best about going to the doctor but they need to take care of their bodies. They can come out and get a coupon for free testing. This is educational fun and important."

The event will offer bounce houses for local youths as well as other kid-friendly activities. Vendor booths will be in place as well as Urology Nevada specialists on hand to answer questions.

Anyone interested can still sign up for the event at: canevada.com. Late registration can also take place early Sunday before the race or Saturday at Scheels from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Email registration is $40 through Friday and then registration fees jump to $50 Saturday and Sunday.

According to statistics on the web site of Cancer Awareness of Nevada, prostate cancer is the most common kind of cancer and was expected to cause more than 28,000 deaths in 2012.

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