Race raises funds to help cancer survivors

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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The GRACE Foundation in Grand Island will be hosting its largest fundraiser of the year, Race for GRACE, Saturday.

Taylor Callahan is a cancer survivor who will be participating in the race.

Doctors recently diagnosed with cancer, so she's adjusting to changes in her life.

"Hodgkin Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymph nodes, so it has a lot to do with my immune system and how I process like germs and bacteria," Callahan said. I have no current immune system, so that has been a major adjustment for me."

The foundation has a big impact in the community and helps cancer survivors with a number of things.

"We're helping them kind of get back on their feet and if they need to travel to Omaha or to Lincoln to get cancer treatments, we help out with gas cards," GRACE Foundation Race Director Stacia Rice said. "We help out with Walmart cards and getting people some food and medication, anything to that sorts."

This will be Callahan's first time participating in race.

"[I'm] thrilled to be able to run as a current survivor," Callahan said. 'I'm excited to show people that cancer is a form of so many different waves and that it's definitely something worth walking for."

If you haven't been to the event yet, you're encouraged to check it out.

"It's just a great cause and it's a fun environment," Rice said. "You don't have to run, you can walk it." "You don't even have to walk it or run, you can just come out and support the runners," she added. "It's just a great fun event that we look forward to every year."

The race is Saturday and starts at the Liederkranz building at 9 a.m. It is $55 to register and you can sign-up on the foundation's website.