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Run For Hope Raises Money For Cancer Center 

On a beautiful sunny day here in Hampden over 350 runners got together for the Run For Hope, a 5k run to raise money for cancer research. Peter Daigle has been an organizer here for the past 16 years and he’s pleased with the progress he’s seen. “Excellent turnout,” he says, “I just checked with our timer and the were 367 people registered so we look like we’ll have well over 300 finishers which is a wonderful number for this event.”The run originated back in 1982 and was known as the Terry Fox run. “This year all the proceeds of this will go to the new cancer facility right here in the community,” Daigle says, “as a matter of fact we want all the money to stay local.” Dr. Eric Hartz is not only an oncologist here in Bangor, he’s also a runner. He sees first hand what the money generated here can do. “I remember when I first came here we often would send patients to comprehensive cancer centers like Boston to receive the newest and best treatment,” Dr. hartz says, “and what this event does is it helps us to raise money so we can do clinical research so we can make sure our patients can receive the best care right here in Bangor.” Runners of all ages and backgrounds participated in this years event, including some pretty good local athletes. “We’ve had wonderful support from the University of Maine with this event we have three of their teams here today and we have some serious runners who participate in this event as well.” One of those runners was Abby Barton, a senior at UMaine, and a member of the women’s hockey team. “It felt good,” said Barton after her team’s run, “it felt good to do it as a team too, and as part of the athletic department, there’s other athletes here as well, the men’s team is here, softball players, basketball players, so it’s good.”At the end of the day the hope is too eclipse last years money total, “Well last year we raised $25,600 and we want to beat that this year and we’re pretty confident that we will,” says Daigle, “and we’re looking at doing some things next year to, as Emeril says, to kick it up a notch and maybe find some more sponsors and get people to raise a little more money.”