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Dozens turn out for second annual My Cancer Hero race

The 2017 My Cancer Hero medalists were, pictured from left to right (standing): Will Bowman, Robert Reynolds, Cindy Gaston, Ed Little, Donna Thrower, Jim Parish, Jeanne Callen, (sitting) Dave Crenshaw, Quinn Sexton, Alicia Sexton, Beth Hyatt and Caleb Gardner.

Dozens of runners and walkers gathered at Fort Dale Academy Saturday morning to hit the pavement for the second annual My Cancer Hero 5K and Fun Run. 

Abbie Gardner Ballew, owner of Abbie Garder Ballew State Farm Insurance, and host of the My Cancer Hero event says the run celebrates the lives of those lost and those that have survived the fight against cancer. 

All of the money raised from the race will go to the American Cancer Society to help fund cancer research.  Ballew lost her father, Jimmy Gardner, to cancer.  She said that for her Relay for Life, and this race, means hope. 

The event’s overall winner was Dave Crenshaw, with a time of 21.31, followed closely by Caleb Gardner’s time of 23.76. 

Garry Newton won in the male 60-plus category with a time of 28.42.

Jeanne Callen won the female 60-plus category with a 49.00 time.

Jim Parrish and Donna Thrower won the male and female 50-59 categories with times of 24.3 (third overall) and 43.48 respectively.

Ed Little took the male 40-49 category with a 26.38 time.  Cindy Gaston won the female 40-49 category with her 30.03 time.

Robert Reynolds claimed the 30-39 category for males with a time of 28.36.  Alesia Sexton won the female 30-39 category with a time of 25.41. 

Will Bowman won the male 20-29 category with a 33.20 time, and Beth Hyatt won the female 20-29 category with a 49.09 time.