By Al Novack

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Several thousand people converged near the Philadelphia Art Museum on Sunday for the 11th annual Gary Papa Prostate Run.

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It was 2009 when sportscaster Gary Papa lost his battle with prostate cancer and now his memory lives on with the annual Father’s Day race that bears his name.

The event, a 5K run and 1-mile fun walk, is designed to raise awareness about the disease, and to raise money for education and detection by the Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

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“One day, with all of the help and support and the funds, one day there won’t be prostate cancer,” said Cary Matthews from Pennsauken. “I have quite a few friends who have prostate cancer, one did pass away, and normally I don’t miss church, but I felt that it was a good cause.”

Organizers were pleased with the size of the crowd as men, woman and children from all across the tri-state region showed up to lend their support.

“It’s a very good cause,” said Mike Johnson from Montgomery County. “I had a mother who passed away from breast cancer and a father who died from heart disease and stroke, so we look to do a couple of these, any type of cancer.”

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And those who weren’t running or walking in the race were volunteering to help answer questions for participants.