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More than 700 runners raise money for the Tri-Cities Cancer Center

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RICHLAND, Wash. -- More than 700 people showed up to Howard Amon Park Saturday Morning for the Second Annual "Run For Ribbons" 5K.  Registration cost $25 for adults and $15 for children and all monies go to benefit the Tri-Cities Cancer Center.

The money raised helps people when insurance doesn't cover everything, and the center has professionals who help families deal with financial medical issues.  All the monies raised stay in the local community.

Last year, 400 runners raised more than $35,000 and this year event planners think they doubled that amount.

KNDU's Melanie Falcon, Joe Gorchow and Brian Brennan also crossed that finish line.

Some of the runners were survivors and some were running in someone's honor.

10 year old Justin Nelson ran for his grandfather a survivor, ""my grandpa has always been there for me and I just want to be there for him'"

And 14 year old Blake Taylor and his entire family ran in honor of his late grandfather who passed away exactly six years ago today.

"Well my grandpa died from prostate cancer and so our family decided to run for him," says Taylor.

Event organizers say they won't know the exact amount they raised until later this week.

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