[lin_video src=http://eplayer.clipsyndicate.com/embed/player.js?aspect_ratio=16x9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1378007414&height=360&page_count=5&pf_id=9620&show_title=1&va_id=4279807&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=360 div_id=videoplayer-1378007414 type=script]ROCKWELL, IA – Saturday was the 10th Annual Terry Wedmore Run, Ride, Walk or Wag event.
This all started when husband, dad and grandpa, Terry Wedmore, lost his battle with cancer.
On Saturday morning, those who knew Terry came together to celebrate his life and to raise money for cancer research.
Terry’s son, Adam Wedmore said the events have been successful over the years not only in terms of raising money, but by bringing people together to remember Terry and help fight cancer.
“We started this shortly after my father passed away from cancer as a way to raise awareness about cancer and to generate some funds for cancer research and try to hopefully prevent this disease in the future,” Wedmore said.
With many of the supplies, prizes and giveaways donated by people who attend the event, the majority of money raised benefits people like Terry, who are fighting their own battles with cancer.
“Several thousand dollars are raised each year that goes right back to cancer research and projects to help cancer patients,” Wedmore said.
Family friend Cal Thomazin emcee’s the event every year and he has strong connections to cancer research thanks to his wife being involved in the Mercy Cancer Center.
Thomazin, who has been to almost every event the Wedmore’s have had in honor of Terry, says that this event is about more than just raising money.
“Terry was a good friend and a good person to sit talk to and this memorial walk and run kind of keeps him in the memory,” Thomazin said.
“We’ve fought for ten, we’ll fight ’til we win”; that’s the Wedmore family’s motto for this year and while this is the last year they plan to have a walk/run as the memorial event, the family is working on other ways to find a cure for cancer and keep terry’s legacy alive.
“It’s been great over the years, supporters have been good, the volunteers that come out and help beforehand, during and after have been great and the turnouts been great throughout the years,” Wedmore said.