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Sara Lepp, Fargo, Published April 13 2012

Cancer Society offers its thanks

The American Cancer Society staff in Fargo continues to be amazed by the generosity of the residents and businesses we have in and around our community. Last month, the American Cancer Society held its annual “Bros on Broadway” fundraiser, which is designed to heighten the awareness of prostate cancer in our community and to raise money to purchase gas cards for all cancer patients who must travel to receive their treatments. When the final tally was completed, the total for the evening came to a little more than $40,000.

The gas cards will be given to cancer patients in North Dakota and Minnesota. This year, approximately 600 men in North Dakota will be told they have prostate cancer, and almost 4,400 will hear that diagnosis in Minnesota.

There are so many people to thank for the success of this year’s “Bros on Broadway,” but the Hotel Donaldson was the most generous. Without the help of Karen Stoker and her staff, this event would not have been held. I want to thank the many other volunteers who worked so tirelessly leading up to and during the evening. Also, the corporate sponsors who so unselfishly donated so many high-end prizes to the drawing are truly to be commended.

Of course, we can’t forget to recognize the many men who worked so hard over the months to grow out their mustaches to compete in the evening’s contest. Many of them were truly works of art.

Finally, a sincere “thank you!” to the many area residents who attended the fundraiser and who made the evening such a success. It was a fun-filled night with the result being that cancer patients will continue to be able to travel to their lifesaving cancer treatments.

Lepp is community relations manager, American Cancer Society.