Paint the Town Pink Takes Over Mower County Fairgrounds

Updated: 02/16/2014 10:41 PM
Created: 02/16/2014 8:18 PM
By: Sean Boswell

(ABC 6 News) -- Most everybody has been touched by cancer in some way, whether it’s a family member, friend or even themselves.

Sunday, money was being raised to help with breast cancer research.

"It's just really scary," said Heather Ruzek.

Ruzek’s stepfather and grandmother are cancer survivors. She ran a 5K in all pink today for them.

"I think all of us are impacted by wither knowing  someone in our family or friends, so any event like this to bring awareness to help support those who are dealing with it right now is wonderful," said Ruzek.

"It's on a person's mind all the time," said Tom Gillard.

Gillard has had three bouts with prostate cancer, and is currently waiting to see whether or not he is in remission.

"It changes your life. It puts your life on hold in many ways and it makes you realize that every day is a gift and you need to move forward and you need to help those that are struggling with the same thing," said Gillard’s wife, Doreen.

Events like a 5K or the demolition derby that were held on Sunday can help those suffering, according to the Gillard’s, as the whole community is rallying around in support.

"The friend support is a big part of the healing process, because it’s not just a physical but it's a mental battle that you go through too," said Doreen.

The goal for the Hormel institute, the organization in charge of Paint the Town Pink, is to raise $150 thousand for breast cancer research. The crowd that showed up was bigger than they expected, so hopefully they are on their way there.