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Volunteer Happy To Help Avera Race

May 9, 2014, 7:42 AM by Brittany Larson

Volunteer Happy To Help Avera Race
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

"I’m just making sure all the labels are on so people can get bags when they come pick them up,“ Volunteer and runner, Rochelle Lauret said.

For the past couple of years, Lauret has been running and volunteering her time with this event.

"I started just because I had become a runner and I needed an event to run for, but then my father and my sister both got lymphoma. I know it's not the same cancer but, cancer is cancer, and I figure and so If you're helping out any organization you're helping to find a cure for all of them," Lauret said.

"There's a lot of excitement and a lot of emotion, we get to honor the survivors and do some special tributes to them, and just to see the runners take off and the walkers with their families that's the part you look forward to that's the buildup," Director at Avera McKennan Fitness Center, Jackie Haggar-Tuschen said.

Last year they raised around $400,000. The money that they raise will stay here locally.

"I know a lot of people who have been touched by breast cancer so you can't help but run into it so it's just nice to volunteer for it.  I am kind of one of those people who believes in redemptive suffering so if I am suffering for someone else then maybe it will help them in the long run it's kind of a prayer, runners prayer," Lauret said.

Lauret says she's looking forward to crossing the finish line tomorrow and plans to continue the tradition of giving back and teach a valuable less to her kids.

"You just feel so good when you do something for someone else without having to worry about whether you are being paid for or not and I am trying to teach that to my kids so if they know I am coming out here every morning once a year and doing this it's good example for them," Lauret said. 

Information on the Avera Race can be found on its website.

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