Locals "Paddle For a Cure"

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Sunday, dozens came out to Eagle River to help raise money for the American Brain Tumor Association.

Locals raced down the Wisconsin River in canoes for the annual Callie Rohr Memorial Canoe and Kayak Race.

It was the Rohr's 10th year hosting the event. They started the race shortly after their 9-year-old daughter died from brain cancer. Jeff says paddling the canoe was his daughter's favorite thing to do.

"It feels good that people care," said Jeff, "I mean some people care, some people don't. The people who participate in the race... they care."

Jeff says the race is just a fun way to raise money for a good cause, and he's right. Everyone there was having a great time. Even our Newschannel 7 team joined in on the race.

"Everyone's welcome," said Jeff, "You don't have to be a canoe racer."

Even after it started to rain, racers fought to make it to the finish line. Robin Peshel, has been coming to the event for about five years now, said, "It's a good race. Its a good cause. It's a tough race, and it's one of the first ones we do in the season. It's just a good time."

Today's race ended with a pig roast, followed by an awards ceremony at the Eagle River Inn.


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