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Local organization hosts large parade in support of cancer survivors and their families

The 20th annual Race for the Place fundraiser looked different in this time of social distancing.

CLEVELAND — June 7th is National Cancer Survivors Day, a celebration of those who have triumphed over their battle. Locally it is also a time to support an organization that as lifted up those with cancer and their families for twenty years.

“I was amazed by the amount of support we got from the community,” said Michele Seyranian the CEO of The Gathering Place.

The 20th annual Race for the Place fundraiser looked different in this time of social distancing. Over a hundred cars, with honks and messages of support, traveled through Beachwood to The Gather Place. An organization that helps anyone going through a cancer journey, providing support, nutrition, exercise and other services free of charge. Even though they are not able to meet in person.

“We figured out how to take all our programs and make them virtual. We knew that even if our physical doors were not open, we could still provide our services,” said Seyranian.

“Certainly, as a survivor you want to celebrate every day, every year.” For 5-year prostate cancer survivor, Sandford Weinberg, The Gather Placing will always be a large part of his life.

“The support you get from this place and the people who work here professionally and the people that volunteer here has been amazing and it is an amazing piece of the survivorship,” said Weinberg.

The goal was to raise $350,000 and show how much they cared.

“You just know that we are loved be the community for the services we are able to provide, and we are so grateful for that. And we love the community right back,” said Sayranian.

If you wish to donate to The Gathering Place, click here, to visit their website.  WKYC is a proud media sponsor for the Race for the Place.