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Gary Papa Run to Benefit Prostate Cancer Research and Education

Join us on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 18 for the Gary Papa Run and Fun Walk. This fun and meaningful event raises funds for prostate cancer research and education. Our goal is to raise over $5,000 while bringing important attention to the cause. Join our team to run or walk with us or support our team with an online donation

Last year our Gary Papa Run/Walk team contributed more than 60 participants and $6,500. Dr. Laurence Belkoff, head of the research center at Urologic Consultants and a supporter of this event since its beginning years serves as our team captain. Rick Wexler, a patient and advocate, has been one of the top individual fundraisers for four consecutive years.

In addition to organizing a team, Urologic Consultants participates in a sponsorship position for the event.

Benjamin Smallwood, a patient of Dr. Phillip Ginsberg, started his own team last year that raised $5,110. His 33 member team, Second Wind, shares the name of the book Smallwood is writing about his life and experience surviving prostate cancer. 

The very first Father's Day walk to benefit the Foundation for Breast and Prostate Health (FBPH) was in 2002. Each year the number of participants grows exponentially.

This consistent growth is largely attributed to the in-depth involvement and support of Gary Papa, an ABC Sportscaster, who joined the board in 2005 and quickly devoted his exceptional talent and energy to help prostate cancer awareness and research. Gary soon became a spokesman and tirelessly worked to establish and promote the Father's Day Run, serving as co-chairman of the run during subsequent years.

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.

Posted April 23, 2017