Families, teams and other members of the community gathered at Rainy River Community College Saturday to raise money for the local gas card program.

Community Cancer Walk committee members told The Journal about $8,000 was raised during the walk and around $8,000 additional funds were contributed by local sports teams.

“This is absolutely amazing,” Betsy Loop, registered nurse in the chemotherapy and infusion department at Rainy Lake Medical Center, said Saturday.

The walk raises money for the local gas card program, which provides gas cards to cancer patients who travel out of the area for treatments.

Leading the walk was the family of Deana Pavleck, who lost her battle to cancer last month. The family raised $1,420 through T-shirt sales to donate to the program.

Efforts year round contribute to the program. This year, buckets to collect funds are passed around during home Bronco football games when the team gets a touchdown or a turnover. Local businesses have pledged matching funds to donations made during the games.

Assistant coach Jerad Kostiuk said so far, thousands of dollars have been raised. A total will be reported once the season is complete.

A highlight of many walkers Saturday also appeared to be the presence of two Newfoundland dogs owned by Dr. Daniel Nikcevich, Essentia Health, and his wife, Kelly. Loop said Nikcevich was instrumental in the development of the RLMC chemotherapy and infusion department.

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