BREWER- The 10th annual Champion the Cure Challenge was held in Brewer on Saturday.
Thousands gathered to bike, run, or walk for a cure, raising about $600,000 for Northern Light Cancer Care.
“What this event has supported, with these immunotherapies and cancer research, has allowed me to take part in the event. I’m alive here because of it,” said Caleb McGary, a Maine State Trooper.
McGary was diagnosed in 2012 and has been participating in the Champion the Cure challenge since.
“We just support each other,” McGary added. “We come out for this event. We’re here for the people that are going to get a diagnosis tomorrow, or next week or next year.”
For some, like those on Team Abby, this year’s event was different.
“She sadly lost her battle this year,” Angela Priest, one of Abby’s closest friends, told us. “She fought courageously and walked this thing, even with her chemo ball, did the 3 miles.”
Even though Abby wasn’t there, her fighting spirit lives on.
“Everyone knew her. It’s definitely a different environment not having her here today, but we know she’s with us and watching over us,” Priest said.
Champion the Cure is the largest cancer fundraising event in the region.
If you want to donate, you can do so on their website.