Rooting for prevention at the Prevent Cancer 5k Walk/Run

Published on July 3, 2014

Updated on November 4, 2019

The Prevent Cancer 5k Walk/Run crew is proud to root for a team that cares about prevention. Stephen Strasburg of the Washington Nationals recently announced that he is giving up smokeless tobacco after the death of his mentor, Tony Gwynn.

Gwynn, who died on June 16 from salivary cancer at the age of 54, was a professional baseball player and Strasburg’s former coach at San Diego State.

Smokeless tobacco, common in the professional baseball industry, significantly increases your risk for oral cancer, which will claim the lives of 8,390 people in this year alone.

Protecting yourself from the sun, limiting your alcohol intake, eating lots of fruits and vegetables, getting screened and not using tobacco of any kind can greatly reduce your risk of oral cancer.


Staying healthy and fit as a family is another way to protect yourself and those you love from cancer. Prevent Cancer’s annual 5k Walk/Run and health fair will take place in the home of the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on September 21. Register, start a team, raise funds and join us in our vision to Stop Cancer Before It Starts! Prevention heroes like Nats player Stephen Strasburg can change the world.

Sometimes it takes the death of a good friend and mentor to wake us up. From mothers, to children, to professional baseball players, it is important to remember that no one is invincible. Prevent Cancer applauds Strasburg for taking action to reduce his risk for cancer in honor of his dear friend and mentor, Tony Gwynn. We’re betting Gwynn would be proud. “Bottom line is, I want to be around for my family,” said Strasburg.

Help raise funds for cancer prevention and early detection while staying active and learning how to reduce your risk for cancer. Register now for the Prevent Cancer 5k Walk/Run.

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