A growing community function brings Kearney residents together to help those who struggle with cancer.
In just five short years, what started out as t–shirt sales has grown into a community barbecue, silent auction, and then some.
It's the fifth annual 'Kearney Tackles Cancer' event; a joint fundraiser between Kearney High, Kearney Catholic, and UNK students.
Both students and organizers and say they're honored to help.
"I think every year the kids have become more willing of being able to work," said volunteer Jake Redman. "And just having the three schools together is so good for the community. It's so good to show the community that we can come together for something that's very good."
"It just goes back to what we're ultimately doing this for, that is the cancer patients that are struggling financially to put tires on a car, to get to cancer treatments, or to get gas," said school sponsor Jessica Day. "That's just, that's a big deal, and it's a heavy burden to have to pay for your cancer treatments and things like that, so anything that's little matters, anything that's little counts, and they are very appreciative of what we do for them."
This is just one of many community events that helps support this cause. Organizers hope to raise between five and 10 thousand dollars.
REPORTER'S NOTES: T-shirts can be purchased at every school throughout Kearney. All proceeds go to local cancer patients at Good Samaritan's Cancer Center.