Getting a jump on 2016 Paint the Town Pink
Published 10:27 am Friday, June 26, 2015
Local students are getting a jump on helping out the scientists at The Hormel Institute breast cancer research.
Members of the Austin High School Youth Leadership Club presented a $2,500 donation Tuesday to The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota from the fifth annual Strides for a Cure 5K run/walk and 5-mile run to support breast cancer research. The gift marked the first donation toward the 2016 “Paint the Town Pink” initiative to raise awareness and support for The Hormel Institute’s breast cancer research.
Kelsey Boland, a scientist in the research section led by Dr. Rebecca Morris, accepted the donation on behalf of The Hormel Institute in Austin. The Morris lab is one of the Institute’s sections working on a breast cancer project funded by a seed grant from Paint the Town Pink donations.
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AHS Youth Leadership Club, led by advisor Emily Hovland, drew about 120 participants for the May 9 event at Austin’s Todd Park. Strides for a Cure now has raised $13,000 in five years for the Institute’s breast cancer research.
This year, the fifth annual Paint the Town Pink raised more than $190,000 overall, with 100 percent of those funds going directly toward supporting breast cancer research at The Hormel Institute.