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By Tim Jimenez

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Thousands took to the Ben Franklin Parkway for a Father’s Day tradition.

This is the 15th Father’s Day Run in Philadelphia that was renamed after longtime sportscaster Gary Papa after his death due to prostate cancer in 2009.

A big message here: early detection is critical.

Prostate cancer survivor Jim Devenney, who was diagnosed ten years ago, knows this all too well.

“Diagnosed when I was 43. Very young, so when they say get it checked, it’s never too early to get it checked,” he said.

Jim is thankful, like fellow survivor Gary McDonald, who is doing much better after a rough year.

“I could hardly walk. Now, I’m standing, I’m only doing the 1K walk but I’m excited about it,” McDonald said.

And Gary’s daughter Miranda says there’s no better way to support the man who has always been there for her.

“Always above and beyond for my family, so this is just a little token of gratitude to show how awesome he is,” she said.

Others had heavy hearts.

“It’s rough because this is my first Father’s Day without my father,” said Richard Ellerson.

Ellerson’s dad lost his prostate cancer battle last year. As difficult as this day is for Richard, he says he’s grateful he’s spending it with his daughter.

“Everyday is a blessing, so make sure you’re there for your kids because you never know when it’s your time to go,” he said.

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