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

Sunday - 9/23/2012, 6:57pm  ET

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Pat Ryan and his team ''The Movement'' ran the Cancer Prevention and Treatment 5K Run/Walk to support Ryan's treatment for testicular cancer. (WTOP/Christine Amdam)
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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.

Ryan's fiancÚ was wearing the same team T-shirt after the race.

Janine Brown is not a runner, but didn't hesitate to do the race for a good case.

Ryan went down on his knees July 27, and the wedding will be July 27, 2013.

"I am so proud of him," says Brown, who is originally from Jacksonville, Fla., but has been living in Washington, D.C. for the last eight years.

Ryan's brother and a lot of friends were supporting him Sunday morning.

And even though Ryan's brother beat him to the finish line by a few seconds, Sunday's race wasn't about time.

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