The Avera Race Against Cancer kicked off Saturday morning and people in KELOLAND ran and walked in support of local cancer patients.
Over 6,000 took off from the start line at the Avera Mckennan Fitness Center to race for a cure.
“We’re all so fortunate to be a part of this organization and being here with everyone on this gorgeous Saturday,” organizer Dr. Tricia Merrigan said.
Many cancer survivors took part in the race.
“I have been a survivor for six years. I came last year for the first time to the race and loved it. So this year I brought a lot of my family with me,” Mary Stein said.
Others participated in honor of family members.
“We’ve lost Matt’s mom and dad to cancer and I have an aunt who’s had cancer, so it’s a great cause to support cancer and cancer research, and all the survivors here celebrating their success stories ,” Jenny Nelson said.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO)– This year the name of the race changed to Avera Race Against Cancer to recognize and raise funds for all different types of cancers.
“It’s so exciting to have it be the first Avera Race Against Cancer and to just be all-inclusive and have all these people involved,” Merrigan said.
This year’s race raised over $400,000 for the Avera Cancer Institute, money that organizers say will stay local.
“It’s used for programs such as navigation, wigs, rides for patients, other services that they might not be able to afford, charity care, things like that,” Dr. Wade Dosch said.
The money will also be used for research in finding a cure.
“We’ve got to continue to work towards a cure. That’s really what we need to focus on,” Merrigan said.