Yankee Stadium hosts 5K for cancer research foundation

Yankee Stadium hosted more than 1,300 runners for the eighth annual Damon Runyon 5K on Sunday.

Yankee Stadium hosted more than 1,300 runners for the eighth annual Damon Runyon 5K on Sunday. (8/21/16)

THE BRONX - Yankee Stadium hosted more than 1,300 runners for the eighth annual Damon Runyon 5K on Sunday.

The run has raised more than $4 million for cancer research since it began in 2009.

The race's course included the stadium's ramps, stairs and field.

The run is in honor of Damon Runyon, a baseball journalist who died of throat cancer in 1946.

Since his foundation began, $300 million has funded for more than 3,000 scientists looking to find a cure for cancer.

Thomas Vierbuchen, one of the scientists funded by the foundation, says he hopes he can find a cure.

"The kind of research Damon Runyon funds is stuff that's going to have a wide impact," he says. 

Yankees legend Joe DiMaggio was on the foundation’s board of directors when it first started, and Mickey Mantle was one of its biggest fundraisers.

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