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The fifth annual “Colors of Hope: Cancer Research Fundraiser,” held Aug. 23 at the Country Club of Lincoln, raised nearly $37,000 for cancer research.

The funds benefit the Nebraska Cancer Research Center (NCRC), a program of the Lincoln Medical Education Partnership. NCRC partners with both Lincoln oncology clinics and hospital systems to provide patients local access to cutting-edge National Cancer Institute-sponsored clinical trials.

Following a video that highlighted the importance of the Nebraska Cancer Research Center’s mission of providing local access to clinical trials, Gracie Reese, a cancer survivor and sophomore at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, shared her personal story of courage, strength and hope. She was joined by her father, David, who provided a parent’s perspective of watching a child battle cancer and noted the strides that have been made in treatment options over the years as a result of clinical research.

The evening also included a rousing game of “Heads or Tails,” a dessert silent auction featuring an array of treats from local bakeries and restaurants, and silent and live auctions of items donated by the business community and individuals. The live auction included trips to Sonoma Valley, California, and Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada, and a football autographed by Scott Frost.

“For over 34 years, the NCRC has afforded cancer patients in Lincoln and the surrounding communities the opportunity to access cutting-edge treatments and therapies while remaining at home with their support system intact,” said Kelly Madcharo, director of the Nebraska Cancer Research Center. “We are very appreciative for the generosity of those who attended this year’s event as well as those businesses that donated goods and services to make this a successful event.”

NCRC has approximately 30 clinical trials available for cancer patients at any one time for all types of cancer. Over the past 34 years, more than 3,000 cancer patients have paid it forward by enrolling in a clinical trial or patient registry to advance cancer treatment.

Sponsors for this year’s event included title sponsor Southeast Nebraska Cancer Center and Nebraska Hematology Oncology, Bryan Health, Southeast Nebraska Oncology Nursing Society, Lincoln Radiology Group and the Rebecca Lyn Hausmann Foundation.

For more information on NCRC or to view the video, visit necancerresearch.org or call 402-483-2827.

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