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Nearly 1,000 people participate in 27th annual Cancer Center Walk/Run in Montecito

Hundreds from around the community got out their running shoes for the 27th annual Cancer Center Walk Run event in Montecito.

Patricia Mojarro is a patient at the Ridley-Tree Cancer Center.

“This event raises money for our cancer center. So it’s really important for me and my family to see what it does for our community. So many people benefit from this. It’s an amazing event,” Mojarro said.

People of all ages came to the family-friendly fundraiser which included a 10k run, a 5 walk/run and a kids’ fun run.

Santa Barbara native Lori Harris, sister of Julie Main, has won the top walk run fundraising award for several years and continues to lead a team each year, inspired by her sister’s memory.

“My sister was Julie Main, and she has been involved in the walk and run since the beginning. She was instrumental in getting this whole thing together. She was a participant. She’s been gone now. This is her eleventh year not being in the race,” Harris said.

This year, the Julie Main Inspiration Hope Award went to Patricia Mojarro.

Organizers said about 1,000 people came to this year’s run and walk event.

“It’s a wonderful event, and we’re so proud to be here, and we appreciate the community’s support so thank you,” said Lori Willis, executive director of the cancer foundation.

This year’s walk/run event raised close to $200,000, all of which will go to cancer research and patient care at the Ridley-Tree Cancer Center.

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