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By Fanna Haile-Selassie

Despite the weather, folks show up to run for a cure

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LEWISTON, MN (FOX 47) -- It may have been cold and windy outside Sunday, but that didn't faze the 2,000 participants in the 31st annual Fool's Five Road Race Sunday afternoon. This year there's a new booth at the race signing people up for an important donation.

Thousands showed up on a dreary, windy Sunday afternoon, but all had a bright spirit.

"Why am I here? To find a cure. To help others suffering from cancer."

In the Fool's Five Road Race, some ran, some walked, all in the drive to find a cure for cancer. But while runners were preparing to hit the pavement, another drive was happening for the first time at the Fool's Five, a bone marrow donation drive.

"I learned that a lot of kids and adults go without a transplant because a lack of donors. So 6,000 people every day in the U.S. are looking for a donor and can't find a match," explains Kelly Marchwick.

Marchwick lost her 1 year-old daughter Nora 8 days ago and just buried her on Friday. She was born with a metabolic disorder with an unknown cause. Marchwick says because doctors did not know enough about her daughter disorder, she was not accepted as a bone marrow recipient.

Most bone marrow registers have to pay a $52 fee, but on this day, Marchwick is handling all the fees through a previous fundraiser.

"I couldn't save her, but if I can save another family from going through this, I will feel know, her life and her struggle will have more meaning. And I know what it is to lose a child, so to see someone else go through this would be very hard."

Already Marchwick is seeing some good come from her donation drive.

"One family, they came in the door and I said, 'Have you pre-registered for the race?' They said, 'I'm sorry, we're not here for that, we're here for the bone marrow donor registration.' I think they have a small child that's in need," says the race director, Dianne Rislow.

By the end of the day, Marchwick signed up more than 100 donors. Marchwick says for those worried about the possible pain to donate bone marrow, technology has changed and it just feels like getting blood drawn.

As for the Fool's Five Race, the event brought in more than $102,000.

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