Indianapolis race raises awareness and money

September 7, 2013 by  

The first ever ‘Running for the Boys Run/Walk’ was held last Saturday, August 31, at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. The run seeks to raise funds and generate awareness about prostate cancer to people in the area.

The race comprised a 10K (6.2 mile) run or a 5K (3.1 mile) walk, and took participants around the fairgrounds. More than 100 people participated, with the overall winner in the men’s 10K being Anthony Schoettle of Indianapolis, who crossed the finish line with a time of 42:05. Candace Hatley, also of Indianapolis, won the women’s race with a time of 48:09. The money raised at the event goes to fund the operating costs of the mobile unit, which conducts approximately 1,000 screenings each year, free of charge.
The event was staged to raise funds for the Rev. Charles Williams Prostate Cancer Mobile Unit. Williams was Indiana Black Expo’s executive director from 1983 until his death in 2004 from the disease, which he battled for two years.

Vernon Williams, who is no relation to Charles, co-authored his book on the subject of prostate cancer. Vernon said the mobile testing unit was Charles’s lasting gift to the community, since its purpose is to raise awareness of this type of cancer.

Operators of the unit could work with local printing companies and brochure printers to create handouts sent in advance to communities where the mobile unit will stop, giving its schedule and stressing the importance of the screenings.