About 40 people came together today in Winnipeg to take part in a walk to raise awareness about prostate cancer.

The five kilometre "Walk to End Prostate Cancer" got underway at The Forks Sunday at 11 a.m.

Organizer Cliff Fewings said the event provides an important opportunity to support a good cause.

"Approximately 66 people will be diagnosed with prostate cancer per day in Canada alone," Fewings said.

Cliff Fewings

Cliff Fewings speaks to the crowd of participants at the event. (CBC)

The disease kills about 11 men everyday, according to the Canadian Cancer Society.

Cliff's parents took part to support their son and the cause.

"Cancer never takes a day off," Cliff's father Gary Fewings said. "Everybody knows somebody who has been touched by cancer and we believe participating is one step to getting us closer to finding a cure."

Fewings was hoping to raise $1,500 for cancer research from the Valentine's Day event.

Proceeds will go to CancerCare Manitoba and the Dr. Ernest W. Ramsey Manitoba Prostate Centre.