St. Patrick's Day run raises money for cancer screenings for Eas

St. Patrick's Day run raises money for cancer screenings for East Tennesseans

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Nearly 300 people turned out Sunday for Knoxville's Ides of March 5K. Nearly 300 people turned out Sunday for Knoxville's Ides of March 5K.
St. Patrick's Day is not until Monday, but a lot of East Tennesseans are already getting in on the fun, including a number of local runners. St. Patrick's Day is not until Monday, but a lot of East Tennesseans are already getting in on the fun, including a number of local runners.
The finish line for the race was at Tyson Park. The finish line for the race was at Tyson Park.

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - St. Patrick's Day is not until Monday, but a lot of East Tennesseans are already getting in on the fun, including a number of local runners.

Nearly 300 people turned out Sunday for Knoxville's Ides of March 5K.

Besides having fun at the annual event, they were also raising money to help provide health care for people in East Tennessee.

All the money raised through registration fees and donations for the event are going to provide free prostate cancer screenings at the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

The screenings will be offered free of charge to men between the ages of 50 and 70.

"To help them take care of some medical issues or hopefully prevent some that could cause some life threatening issues later on in life," said Robin Bandy, race director.

Bandy says the goal is to make these important yearly screenings available to all men, especially those who might skip them because they can't afford them.

"It number one creates awareness, and number two, maybe people who wouldn't have the means to get the screenings themselves, if it's provided by UT, it makes that venue available for people who can't otherwise afford it," said Stephen Long, one of the runners in the Ides of March 5k.

The run is also just a good reminder for men to get a prostate cancer screening every year.

"I hope this is life changing for them. I mean it really truly can be. With early detection and screenings like this, we can potentially save a life," said Bandy.

"For someone that doesn't go for a yearly physical, they're not going to have a doctor telling them 'hey, when you reach a certain age, this needs to be part of your yearly medical checkup,'" said Long.

Bandy says they are still taking donations from the community to help pay for the screenings.

For more information, visit the run's website.

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