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LaRena's Race

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At Humboldt General Hospital, we were reminded that cancer doesn't care where you live, who you are or your age. Jackson Aberasturi is in elementary school and already a cancer survivor. "I had cancer for my second time for 3 years straight. And so I was going to Reno once a week for a good year and a half."

Delphine Tinney's husband fought cancer for five years. "My husband had cancer and he just passed away two-and-a-half months ago."

But when faced with cancer, communities like Winnemucca come together to help those in need. Amorita Maher, and her friend, LaRena Smith Bengoa battled cancer together several years ago. Amorita survived. Larena did not. "When you live out here you travel either to Reno or Salt Lake City or Boise for treatment. You incur fuel costs, hotels, food. So it gets very expensive. So we switched our focus to raising money that would provide immediate financial aid."

Amorita founded LaRena's Race. It raises money for local families battling cancer. And they're making a huge impact. "Since 2003, we've helped 151 people, distributed almost $150,000 to people right here in the community."

National organizations like Relay for Life have a presence in Winnemucca. But much of that funding goes to national research. Money from LaRena's Race goes directly to those who need it most in this part of Nevada. People like Jackson and Delphine. "And this group had really supported him like with going to Reno for motel rooms and meals and even a lot of medical bills."

A grassroots organization, made up of all volunteers, in honor of a women who fought bravely.

LaRena's Race is happening in Winnemucca and Battle Bountain on Saturday, May 11th.  For more information go to or call 775-623-5066.

Written By Wendy Damonte
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