Gary Papa Run for Prostate Cancer Photos and Fundraising Totals
Yesterday was Father’s Day, but it was also the 9th Annual Gary Papa Father’s Day 5k Run/Walk and 1 Mile Fun Walk to benefit Prostate Cancer Research and Awareness.
The annual gathering raises money to help fund prostate cancer research, and also spreads awareness to let men know there is a simple blood test that can help detect the disease that kills 28,000 men a year in the US.
More than 4,000 people came out to participate in the event originally called the Relay For Life but later renamed the Gary Papa Run for Prostate Cancer. Gary was a beloved sportscaster with 6ABC in Philadelphia from April 1981 to June 2009. In 2004, he announced he had prostate cancer, although it went into remission for awhile he later died if the disease at age 54 in 2009.
Some with remembrances of loved ones pin to their back. On the right it says “In Loving Memory of my Grandfather Ed Hanson 9/3/26 – 6/12/08” and the guys message “In Honor of my dad Robert Ellis Prostate Survivor 8 Years!!”
For the past three years the Run For Your Life First Place Fundraiser was James Lafferty. James died of prostate cancer at the end of last year. His wife Jen, accepted trophies marking the feat from Shelley Schwartz, Founding Chairman and President of the The Foundation for Breast and Prostate Health
Co-Chair this year was Jamie Apody, who was in a battle with Adam Joseph’s to raise the most money. Jamie raised over $3,300, but was bested by Adam who raised $6,310.00 and was actually the number 1 fundraiser of the event this year. Cecily Tynan came in second at $6,025.00. Total raised for the day was over $226,000
Vince Papale was on hand stressing the awareness of early detection. He told us that he is a survivor of Colon Cancer because his wife Janet urged him to take the test where yes you have to drink the awful stuff, but guess what it saved my life because they caught it early.
Ross Donolaw is a prostate cancer survivor
As is this entire group who posed at the end of the day in front of the stage.
Jamie Reibenbach and friends participated in the days event.
Steve Kwasnik and Laura Folajtar with adorable Samson a rescue from Philly Paws (BTW Philly Paws big event is coming up on June 27th at the Union League.) Steve produces “On Canvas” a weekly performance and interview program featuring nationally and internationally known musicians/artists appearing at local venues. Thursdays @ 10pm & Sundays @ 2pm
Zach, Mackenzie and Brad Waxman. Mom Sharon Waxman’s (2nd from right) company SPW Productions, LLC produced the event. Denise, Bonnie Grant, and Victoria Lupica round out the rest of this photo.
Ashley Shaffer of Cashman & Associates was also on hand as were other C&A peeps who volunteered, assisted in the execution of the event including bringing the press in to cover the event.
The even participants and I hope that next year we don’t have to have another walk to fight prostate cancer or have to spread the news on it’s awareness and detecting it early, instead we look forward to success in beating this disease. Until then get tested and support this great cause.