Especially for You 2019 raises more than $429,000

Slight decrease in registrants, fundraising from last year

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Especially for You Race Against Breast Cancer held Sunday raised more than $429,000, officials announced.

Nearly 14,500 people registered for Mercy Medical Center’s annual event to benefit the Especially for You fund, which provides financial assistance for breast and gynecological cancer screenings and health services for area residents in need.

Last year, the race drew more than 15,000 registrations and raised about $452,000.

The race, which includes a 5K run and walk as well as a one-mile family-friendly walk, was created in 1991 in partnership with General Mills. The event and the fund is dedicated to the memory of Sandy Knight, a General Mills employee who died of breast cancer in July 1991.

Knight’s wish was to establish a race to raise money for breast cancer awareness. In a news release Sunday, Mercy Medical Center officials said the fund has helped more than 10,000 people receive roughly 21,000 services in Linn County.

Race results are posted on the event’s website,

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