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To the editor: Thanks, Hastings, for supporting Bridge to a Cure

To the editor,

Thanks a million, Hastings community. We raised more than $88,000 dollars at this year's Bridge to a Cure Cancer Walk. In doing so, we have accumulated more than one million dollars in the 15 years of the event's existence to help in the fight against cancer. On behalf of the Bridge to a Cure committee, we would like to thank the entire Hastings community for the enormous contributions made to Bridge to a Cure. What a great accomplishment by so many individuals involved with this event. Congratulations, city of Hastings.

For the first time in 15 years, the event was held indoors. We'd like to thank participants for being flexible and making the best out of being indoors for the walk, a new experience for everyone. In addition, we are grateful to School District 200 for allowing us to use the high school and to the custodians for their enormous help. They assisted with the task of creating an indoor event out of one normally held outdoors. This allowed hundreds of people to gather together for this great cause regardless of the weather conditions.

Thank you to the team captains and team members for their efforts in raising this outstanding amount of money. Thank you to the businesses of Hastings, who continue to be supportive and generous in their sponsorship of this event. Our local businesses give money to help curb expenses, donations for door prizes, and donations of supplies to help make this event possible. Because of your generosity, more dollars go directly to help in the fight against cancer, making overhead costs for this event minimal. Your support is greatly appreciated. Thank you to the media outlets that recognize the importance of this event and give attention to it. Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped with behind-the-scene jobs. You people are exceptional. We would like to thank all of you who took time to help with the setting up of the luminaries, the food, and the kids' events, as well as those who helped with the cleanup. Your involvement is crucial to the success of this event. Thank you to the Hastings High School football players for their work setting up. We appreciate you guys and your work. Thank you to our speakers - Ruth Gaylord and Stephen Daniel - for educating and inspiring us. Finally, we'd like to thank the HHS band and cheerleaders for sharing their enthusiasm with all of us. What a wonderful addition to the event.

Thank you, Hastings. Once again, our community has worked collaboratively to make a difference in so many lives. We look forward to the 2010 Bridge to a Cure event that will take place Friday, Aug. 6, 2010.

Angie McGinnis and Linda Kampa

Co-chairs, Bridge to a Cure