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Brandon's Run

Updated: Nov 18, 2012 05:52 PM CST

Hundreds are hitting the pavement in support of a local family and a cause close to their hearts.

Sunday marked the fourth annual "Brandon's Run," raising awareness about an issue many never suspected would be an issue for teens.

Brandon Ballard was only a Junior in high school when he was diagnosed with testicular cancer.

Although he fought bravely, he lost his battle and his dying wish was to raise awareness.

A total of 23 balloons were released in honor of Ballard's 23rd birthday before runners took off on a two mile run at Rockridge High School.

Friends and family say Sunday's crowd is the biggest they've ever seen, proof that word is spreading.

They say since Brandon's death, "Brandon's law" was passed to make sure doctors check for lumps in sports physicals.

Teaching kids about cancer has also been added to health classes. Part of the money raised from the run will go toward teaching materials.

Ballard's dad, James Ballard, says his son thought he had a hernia and by the time it was discovered it was actually cancer it was too late.

He says he doesn't want that to happen to anyone else. That's why the run is a great way to get the word out and continue to carry on Brandon's wish.

For more information go to http://forever44brandon.wix.com/bmbf

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