BREWER - The first pancreatic cancer event in the state of Maine was held in the streets of Brewer this Sunday morning.
Over 250 people came out for the 'Pound the Pavement' 5k walk and run.
All proceeds from the race will go to the Purple Iris Foundation, an organization that helps raise money for those who can't afford treatment.
Those who participated were able to run or walk the three miles, and were in for a surprise at the finish line, as organizers threw purple corn starch at them.
"I was unaware I was going to get this at the end, but it was great. I wish I could have seen the finish line but there was just so much over me," Shaun Tidwell, a runner in the race, says.
"It's such an emotional time. It was always a dream of mine to help people in the state of Maine with this disease," Christina Parrish, President of the Purple Iris Foundation and survivor of the cancer, says. "I'm thankful to still be here, and we have several other survivors here as well."
Members of the foundation say over $6,000 was raised Sunday from the race, three times more than expected.