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Tri for a Cure raises more than $1.5 million

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- More than 1,300 women participated in the Tri for a Cure race Sunday. The triathlon, now in its eighth year, is hosted by the Maine Cancer Foundation.

This year's event raised more than $1.5 million for the organization.

Dana Lesniak was one of the top fundraisers this year, bringing in more than $17,000. She finished her first race six years ago, the same year her mother lost her battle with lung cancer. Sunday, Lesniak's family was at the race to show their support.

"They flew in from all over the country to be here today to watching me, and I really, really love them, and I'm so happy they're here today," she said.

Heidi Watson was the first person to cross the finish line Sunday. She, along with more than a hundred other women competing, is a cancer survivor. A few days after Watson had surgery for Thyroid Cancer in 2011, she watched the race.

"And I thought, next year I'm going to be here and be able to participate," Watson said.

Watson has participated every year since then.

"During the race, you're pushing yourself, but you're thinking about people that are, again, not able to participate or have passed away," she said. "Those are the individuals that give the inspiration to keep going."

The Maine Cancer Foundation also announced its "Challenge Cancer 2020" initiative, a campaign to cut cancer in Maine 20 percent by 2020.ID=30699287


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