SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — Runners and walkers laced up their tennis shoes to support cancer patients in KELOLAND.
Saturday morning’s Avera Race Against Cancer event brought people together to raise money for a cure. Over 6,000 people participated in the race this year, and organizers say that is 800 more participants than last year.
Tricia Merrigan is a breast cancer surgeon and an organizer for the race. She says events like this are important to bring awareness to cancer.
“It’s all about really screening and early detection so that we can catch cancers early. It’s important to continue with research, so that’s a really big focus,” Merrigan said.
This years race raised over $400,000 for the Avera Cancer Institute.
The @keloland crew had a great day #running at the @AveraHealth #averaraceagainstcancer. I was proud to run for my mom, a #breastcancersurvivor. Also, my time wasn’t too shabby for not running a race in eight years. 🏃🏼🏃🏼🏃🏼 pic.twitter.com/TeZKPe35tX — Brady Mallory (@KELOBrady) May 11, 2019