Gary Papa Run

This Year's Gary Papa Run Team Raises Over $4,700 to Benefit Prostate Cancer Research and Education

Each year, Urologic Consultants sponsors the Gary Papa event to benefit prostate cancer research and education and our team of staff, patients, family and friends raises additional funds.

This year our team’s 45 members raised over $4,700 making it one of the top teams. Dr. Laurence Belkoff, team captain and head of the research center at Urologic Consultants has been a strong supporter of this event since its beginning years. Rick Wexler, a patient and advocate, was our team’s top fund raiser and one of the top individual fund raisers for the event. Through his efforts Wexler advances awareness of the need for prostate cancer screenings while raising funds. He has raised about $10,000 over the years he has participated

Benjamin Smallwood, a patient of our Dr. Phillip Ginsberg, started his own team last year and returned this year with a 45 member team that raised over $8,000. His team Second Wind, shares the name of the book Smallwood is writing about his life and experience surviving prostate cancer. In addition to being honored for leading the second place team, he was the run's first place individual fundraiser.

Wexler and Smallwood were honored with awards from Urologic Consultants at the event. Another award was given to the family of Bob Fort Jr.  In 2010, Fort continued his stock car racing career during his successful treatment and then began his mission to educate the racing world about prostate cancer. He died in January of 2017. Fort's daughter, Julie, proudly accepted the award for her family. 

The very first Father's Day Walk to benefit the Foundation for Breast and Prostate Health (FBPH) was in 2002. 

The consistent growth of the event is largely attributed to the in-depth involvement and support of Gary Papa, an ABC Sportscaster who devoted his exceptional talent and energy to help prostate cancer awareness and research. Gary was a spokesman and tirelessly worked to establish and promote the Father's Day Run.

Although Gary lost his six-year battle with prostate cancer in June of 2009, the FBPH chose to cherish and honor his memory by renaming the race after him so that his dedication to the cause will never be forgotten.