Our thanks go to the Portland Press Herald for the coverage and photos of the rain-soaked but enthusiastic runners of the Sea Dogs Father’s Day 5K race.

Few people know that this race is the major fundraiser for the Maine Coalition to Fight Prostate Cancer (www.mcfpc.org), a statewide, all-volunteer nonprofit dedicated to providing support, advocacy and education to Mainers.

Our gratitude goes not only to the 683 proud but soggy runners but also to the many hundreds who paid their registration fee but weren’t able to participate because of the downpour. Be assured that your fee will go to a worthy cause.

On June 29, at Hadlock Field at the Sea Dogs game, a portion of the race proceeds will be presented to the Maine Coalition to Fight Prostate Cancer. Because the coalition is an all-volunteer organization, every cent of this donation will go toward outreach to the men and their families who are confronted with prostate cancer.

For six years, Maine Medical Partners Urology and the Maine Track Club, in conjunction with the Portland Sea Dogs, have sponsored this event, and each year it has helped us do outreach to the more than 1,400 men diagnosed with prostate cancer annually in Maine.

Terry Kungel

president and CEO, Maine Coalition to Fight Prostate Cancer