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D.C. man battles testicular cancer, runs to help others

Pat Ryan and his friends and family ran the Cancer Prevention and Treatment 5K Run/Walk Sunday to help others like him who fight cancer.

Christine Amdam, special to wtop.com

WASHINGTON – The sun glittered on the Potomac and a light breeze made for the perfect Sunday morning. Under the Key Bridge, runners gritted their teeth with only a few hundred meters left. The finish line ahead of them, made them find the last power they had.

“That was amazing, I feel good”, says Pat Ryan, 27, of Washington, D.C.

Ryan is wearing a black T-shirt with “The Movement” printed in light green. A lot of people in the goal zone are wearing similar T-shirts. They have just finished the Cancer Prevention and Treatment 5K Run/Walk, and all the money goes to the fight against cancer.

“I got testicle cancer last summer. Because of advanced screening they figured it out, and I was on the operation table the next day,” Ryan says with a big smile. He is running the race to help others in the same situation.

“I want others to get the same opportunity as I did. If I hadn’t got the screening, I couldn’t be standing here today”, he says.

Ryan says his dad also survived cancer, and therefore they were extra observant for the disease.

“This had been an amazing year for me. I got rid of the cancer and I got engaged,” he says.

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