'Hope Starts Here Challenge' set for Saturday

MARQUETTE — It’s one of the bigger fundraisers in the Upper Peninsula when it comes to the fight against cancer. The annual Hope Starts Here Challenge is set for tomorrow in downtown Marquette.

The challenge consists of several different running, walking and biking events, all in the name of raising money for the Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Research Lab at Northern Michigan University. This event has raised over $250,000 in the last decade.

In addition to raising money, the event promotes advocacy and patient care.

“We’ve got some new projects this year that we’re focusing our energy and money on,” said Shane Kentala, co–race director. “One of them is our care baskets that our Northern students are putting together for cancer patients, especially brain tumor patients.”

“We will get about 700 people here at the event that are survivors, friends,” added Kentala. “We’re remembering people we’ve lost in the fight, so really that’s what this is all about.”

The festivities begin tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. Race officials are hoping to raise a record–breaking forty thousand dollars for brain tumor research.

For more information about the race, click HERE.