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Harrison Co. Cancer Crusaders benefit set

Photo Provided The family of Drew Palmer, a boy who died from childhood cancer, works the vendor and craft show during last year’s 5K Race and Rally.

CADIZ — A variety of events, vendors and activities will be available throughout the day during the Harrison County Cancer Crusaders’ fifth annual 5K Race and Rally.

The event is slated to take place from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 7 at Sally Buffalo Park’s Wallace Lodge in Cadiz.

Julie McPeak, executive director of the Harrison County Cancer Crusaders, said the event is the nonprofit’s major fundraiser of the year and helps generate thousands of dollars to help residents in the community. The Harrison County Cancer Crusaders is a nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance and educational resources to those affected by cancer in the county. All the proceeds from the event will benefit residents affected by cancer.

“All of the money raised will stay and help people in the county,” she said “… They use the money for out-of-pocket medical expenses that maybe their insurance doesn’t cover, for travel or lodging if they’re going somewhere to get a procedure and need to spend the night, even household bills that they may have gotten behind on because their money is going toward medical bills.”

In 2020, the group donated $37,250 to 46 cancer patients in the county. McPeak said they were still able to hold the race and rally last year with a smaller group of attendees. They worked with the county health department to ensure all safety precautions were in place, she said. The nonprofit was able to raise just over $8,000 during last year’s event.

Each year the goal for the fundraiser is to raise $10,000 in race sponsorships. This year the group has already surpassed its goal, McPeak said.

“We did make $10,000 in race sponsorships this year. This is the first year we’ve actually done that, so we’re really happy about that,” she added. “Without the support of the community and community businesses, we wouldn’t ever be as successful as we are. Everyone always steps up. It’s really nice to live in a small town that supports us.”

McPeak said she anticipates there will be around 300 people attending the event throughout the day. She said some people come for the race while others come to attend specific activities.

The event will kick off at 7 a.m. with a breakfast by the Cadiz Legion Auxiliary & Sons of the American Legion Post 34. Registration for the 5K Run/Walk will follow at 8 a.m. with the kids’ dash beginning at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K at 9 a.m. The schedule also includes:

— 7:30-10 a.m. — Cadiz Legion Auxiliary & SAL Post 34 breakfast;

— 8 a.m. — 5K Color Run/Walk registration with the kids’s dash beginning at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K beginning at 9 a.m.;

— 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Drew Palmer Memorial craft and vendor show;

— 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Blood Drive in memory of Jerry Graham;

— 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Kids games and activities;

— 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. — DJ Ronnie B and food vendors;

— 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Motorcycle benefit ride. Registration at 10 a.m. at the Hopedale Legion;

— 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. — Paint & Sip (BYOB, light snacks will be served, pre-registration is required);

— Noon to 3 p.m. — Hopedale Youth Fishing Club Fishing Derby with registration at 11 a.m.;

— 5:30 p.m. — Survivor dinner, meal provided by The First Church of Christ, music by Ed Kovacik;

— 7 p.m. — Butterfly Release with music by Carley Rogers.

There will also be drawings throughout the day. For more information on the event, call McPeak at 740-491-2407.

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