Posted at: 04/07/2013 8:04 PM
Updated at: 04/07/2013 10:42 PM
By: Brittany Lewis
(ABC 6 News) -- Sunday marked the 35th year of the Fools Five Road Race in Lewiston. Competitors included runners, walkers, and wheelchair participants of all ages. While the race is competitive, it’s the cause that really draws a crowd.
When the idea of a race in Lewiston came to life 35 years ago, organizers decided they needed a cause. That cause was too easy to choose.
"At the time, Mr. Mills, Gary Mill's babysitter, Kim Huhnekoch, was sixteen and she had passed away of leukemia. And his neighbor across the street as well from cancer,” said Dianne Rislow, race director.
"I thought well this will run about once and now look at it,” said Jack Huhnekoch, Kim’s dad.
Now, a huge crowd, taking off from the starting line.
"Cancer survivors, we have families that are walking in memory of a family member that had passed away of cancer, nursing home residents and small students,” said Rislow.
Race participants are asked to raise pledges, with the money going to cancer research. And just as the race has grown, so too has the amount of money.
"The first year, we had 222 participants and we raised $2,232. In 2012, there were 3,115 participants and we donated $100,000 to cancer research,” said Rislow.
“It's very nice that everybody in the community can get together and raise money for cancer research. Someday there might be a cure,” said a race participant.
"Someday we're gonna find what we can do to stop it,” said Huhnekoh.
A sea of racers, running, walking, and pulling for a cure, to make sure there aren’t more stories like Kim’s.
"I think she's looking down today,” said Huhnekoch.
There was also an opportunity for participants to be a part of “Be a Match Marrow Donor Registry.”