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The Gathering Place hosts 23rd annual Race for the Place in Beachwood

3News' Danielle Wiggins emceed the annual event.

BEACHWOOD, Ohio — Thousands of Northeast Ohio residents gathered for the annual Race for the Place on Sunday morning. 

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The 23rd annual race, which benefits The Gathering Place, took place on National Cancer Survivors Day. 3News' very own Danielle Wiggins, who is a breast cancer survivor, emceed the event. 

Organizers say that the proceeds from the race will go towards keeping the services, which include support groups, children's programming, art, nutrition and education, offered at The Gathering Place free of charge. 

Over the event's past 23 years, Race for the Place has raised over $6 million for those who have been affected by cancer. This year's on-stage participants included Sydney, a 7-year-old girl who survived cancer, as well as NYT Bestselling Author Regina Brett. 

Below is a full schedule of the events from the Race for the Place: 

  • Race day registration begins at 7:30 a.m. 
  • Family activities including face painting, special appearances by Disney Princesses, games, music and more all held in Celebration Village beginning at 8 a.m.  
  • A Cancer Survivor ceremony begins at 8:45 a.m. with a lineup of cancer survivors featured from less than one year to 20+ years of survivorship.  
  • 5K & 1-mile walk kicks off at 9 a.m.  
  • 10 a.m. Awards Ceremony  

Earlier this year, Wiggins worked with The Gathering Place to raise over $39,000 for a mobile wig salon initiative

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