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Running For Prostate Cancer Awareness

prost8k runSPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Hundreds of people were up bright and early Sunday to take part in the sixth annual Father’s Day Prost8K Run in Springfield.

At the sound of the horn, hundreds took off from the starting line, some running an 8k and some walking a 5k.

Whether they were fast and focused or slow and steady, they were all doing it to show support for people like Jim Tatum.

“Well, it was five years ago in May,” said Tatum.

He’s a prostate cancer survivor, who also ran with other survivors to raise awareness about prostate cancer.

“You feel proud and glad that they’re working through the same thing and surviving each day,” said Tatum.

Some runners ran the race to support others and in Tatum’s case, his support, ran right by him.

“I wanted to do it and then we did it,” said Boston Wilkinson, Tatum’s grandson.

Boston Wilkinson ran with Tatum all the way to the finish line.

“I’m really proud. We’ve done a lot of different races together and he did really well this time and real strong finish. He’s improving all the time,” said Tatum.

“It’s pretty amazing. It’s something that probably won’t dawn on him until he gets a little older but it’s something his grandpa will remember forever,” said Boston’s father, Corey Wilkinson.

It was more than just Boston coming out to cheer on Tatum. It’s become a family affair through the entire journey.

“We like to show our grandpa and father-in-law support so, it’s just something our family can rally around and it means something to us when we finish,” said Corey Wilkinson

“It makes you feel really good. They’re always really supportive,” said Tatum.

Organizers say two men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every five minutes and they want to bring awareness to that statistic through this race.

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  1. Rhea Graham says:

    I wish I had known about this, I would have gone and educated as many as possible about Smokeless Cannabis Remedies and Cannabis Suppositories for treating prostate issues, including cancer.

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