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Knocking cancer out of the park

Hundreds of people sporting red T-shirts walked in honor those who have battled cancer on Friday evening at the 21st annual Heart & Sole Cancer Walk.

Participants walk around Mitchell Middle School on Friday evening in honor of those who have battled cancer for the 21st annual Heart and Sole Cancer Walk. (Sam Fosness / Republic)
Participants walk around Mitchell Middle School on Friday evening in honor of those who have battled cancer for the 21st annual Heart and Sole Cancer Walk. (Sam Fosness / Republic)

Hundreds of people sporting red T-shirts walked in honor those who have battled cancer on Friday evening at the 21st annual Heart & Sole Cancer Walk.

Following an emotional opening ceremony and dedication to this year's honorary co-chair's-Tara Bainbridge, Kristin Vilhauer and Diane DesLauriers-participants began making strides around the Mitchell Middle School, sharing laughs, tears and hugs.

This year's theme: Knock cancer out of the park. And those in attendance made a commitment to do just that, as Heart and Sole committee member Josh Rasmussen said they received well and above the average amount of donations this year.

"We had great attendance this year, and the community outreach we're getting is amazing," Rasmussen said.

The revenue and proceeds donated to Heart and Sole are used to aid people battling cancer in the Mitchell and surrounding area communities.

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White bags known as luminaries were placed side-by-side surrounding the walkway, which have LED lights inside to honor those who have lost their battle with cancer.

"This event is so special and means the world to me and many others," Rasmussen said.

From left to right: Brittany Young, Lindsay Eilts and Brett Young walk in honor of those who have battled cancer on Friday evening at the Heart and Sole Cancer Walk. (Sam Fosness / Republic)
From left to right: Brittany Young, Lindsay Eilts and Brett Young walk in honor of those who have battled cancer on Friday evening at the Heart and Sole Cancer Walk. (Sam Fosness / Republic)

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