Shopping for a cure in Bloomington

By Beau Ebenezer

November 11, 2012 Updated Nov 12, 2012 at 11:34 AM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Dozens of people shopped till they dropped for a Hope and Cure.

It's all part of the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life in McLean County.

More than 50 vendors were set up in Bloomington's Doubletree Hotel conference room.

Attendees had a chance to shop for homemade gifts and baked goods while supporting the fight against cancer.

"All of the teams have been fantastic and in the last few years we've been the number one relay in the state of Illinois. That means McLean County is behind us and definitely supporting," said Shop for Hope and a Cure Co-Chair Sharon Kocher.

"We're thinking of them always you know? And hoping the cure will be found so we don't have to go through this. It's hard when you see a loved one suffering like they do," said relay team member Nancy Gargano.

Organizers of Shop for Hope and a Cure say their average fund raising is around $4,000 each year.

The 2013 American Cancer Society Relay For Life of McLean County is Friday, June 21, at Normal West High School, 501 N. Park Side Road in Normal.

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