Team raises $5K for prostate cancer research

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MILTON, Ga.  In June, family and friends of Scott Mower ran in the Zero Prostate Cancer Run in Atlanta. They ran to honor Mower, 53, who died Sept. 9, 2013 from prostate cancer.

The Mower family ran the race in June 2013 along with Scott.

“Last year, we wanted to surprise our parents by entering the family and some close friends in the race,” said Scott’s daughter Ashlee.

The family decided to make the race a tradition.

“We wanted to do it again because it helps any family not have to go through what we went through,” said Kori Mower, Scott’s wife.

They created the Mower Power team to race and fundraise for prostate cancer research and treatment.

“He showed so much strength even toward the end,” Ashlee said. “There was no way we would not race again in 2014.”

Through social media, the family raised $5,000 to become the top fundraiser this year.

The team had 33 members including family, friends and former UPS co-workers of Scott. The team also participated in the kid sprint, 1K and 5K.

“It was an emotional day on race day. We are not runners,” Ashlee said. “We did it for dad.”

Ashlee and other team members plan to approach lawmakers for more funding and research for prostate cancer.

“We crossed the finish line together in 2013; this year, we did the same,” Ashlee said.

For more information on the Zero Prostate Cancer Run, visit www.zerocancer.org.

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