Avera Hosts 30th Annual Race Against Breast Cancer Run/Walk

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More than 5,000 participants showed up for Avera’s 30th Annual Race Against Breast Cancer run/walk. That’s a major difference from the first one. 

“It’s just great to have all this support for everyone that’s fighting that horrible disease,” cancer patient Carol Obermeyer said. 

Runners, walkers, and community members from across KELOLAND came together for Avera’s 30th Annual Race Against Breast Cancer run and walk Saturday. 

“I’m here today with all my family. I’m just starting the battle with cancer I’ve got about 3/4’s through the chemo treatments, need to do some radiation and doing good,” Obermeyer said. 

More than 5,000 participants ran or walked and Avera social worker Lynne Hunter says the big show of support helps cancer patients including Obermeyer in many ways. 

“It’s very inspiring. Like today we have a lot of people here that are going through chemo therapy or radiation, or surgery and when they see other survivors it really uplifts them,” Hunter said.

With the large number of participants, Avera was able to raise more than $400,000 to help patients and survivors locally. 

“There’s not a day that goes by, as a social worker, where I don’t use the funds in some way for patients. Whether it’s a free mammogram, the programs we provide, the wigs we provide, for all cancers,” Hunter said. 

30 years ago the first Race Against Breast Cancer was founded by Peggy Kirby and the Sioux Falls Junior League in honor of her sister Judy Davis. 

Davis says it’s a big difference from the first race. 

“Every year it’s gotten bigger and more participation and more support and this year, we’re honoring all kinds of cancer,” Davis said. 

It’s something that will continue for years to come. 

“We’re going to continue on and next year maybe the 31st will be bigger and better,” Davis said. 

If you missed the race and want to give back to help cancer patients you can still donate to the Avera cancer services

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