BREWER, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- Whether by bike or on foot, hundreds of people were on the roads in Brewer on Saturday to raise money in the fight against cancer.
It was the annual 'Champion the Cure Challenge' put on by Eastern Maine Medical Center. Each year the event raises funds to support cancer treatment and research at the Lafayette Family Cancer Center.
Participants took pledges to walk, run or bike in Saturday's contests. A motorcycle ride was also held on Friday. In all about 1,700 people took part in this year's challenge. That left a big impact with those fighting cancer and their families.
"All of these people are here to support not only my child..but other people's children...mothers...fathers..husbands wives...sisters," said Amy Ward, whose 6-year old daughter Makenna is battling a rare form of cancer, "so to see this amount of people and for this good purpose. It's awesome."
Eastern Maine Medical Center went into Saturday's events looking to raise $400,000 in the fight against cancer. By late that morning organizers said they had already surpassed that goal.