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First Ever Cancer Crush Fundraiser

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - The first ever Cancer Crush event took place at The Ambiance Friday night and people were coming in by the hundreds. While it was about raising money, the event's purpose hit close to home for some.

Music, silent auctions, and Harley Davidson raffle tickets were all part of the Cancer Crush fundraiser. The goal was to do exactly what the name suggests, crush cancer, and help current patients in their fight.

"We're gonna put our smiles on tonight and do a great thing. One hundred percent of the proceeds go directly to Blessing Cancer patients," Cancer Crush founder Luke Tappe said.

Tappe helped organize the event because he had a personal stake in the cause.

"My dad battled a six and a half year battle with cancer and just lost his battle. I wanted to take something negative for me and turn it into something positive," Tappe said.

Sherry Hills lost her husband to the disease two and a half years ago and wanted nothing more than to be involved.

"I was on Facebook, I saw Luke Tappe had started this big Cancer Crush thing and I was just like call him up and I was like can I be a small part of it," Hills said, a member of the Cancer Crush committee. 

To help raise money, she created a brick playhouse in which people bought a brick to honor someone affected by cancer.

"I couldn't do anything small for my husband, it had to be big and this is big," Hills said.

Success for some is making the most money or having the most amount of people show up, but Friday night it was about making a difference.

"You and I brush our teeth, comb our hair, go to work.  These people wake up and are thankful for just having another day," Tappe said.

And for him it's a chance to give his father something to smile about.

"I hope I do you proud dad."

Organizers hope to make Cancer Crush an annual event.
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