Small communities continue cancer research auction traditions

Published: Jan. 14, 2022 at 10:26 PM CST
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GENEVA AND LYLE, Minn. (KTTC) – Many local organizations are working hard to get donations ready for the annual Eagle’s Cancer Telethon. All of the money raised through the telethon goes toward cancer research.

The Lyle Area Cancer Auction kicked off its 43rd annual auction Friday. People and organizations all across the area donated items for the auction.

There are toys, bikes, gun cases and even a gift certificate to get braces at a local orthodontist up for grabs in the auction.

The event ended at 11 Friday night, but starts back up Saturday at 1 p.m. and goes until there aren’t anymore items to give out.

The organization says having this event is important to them, because cancer has impacted almost all of our lives.

“I have not met one person yet that has not been touched by cancer. Everyone here was inflicted by cancer,” Lyle Cancer Auction Co-Chair Lyle Ricke.

Another event raising money for cancer research is the Geneva Cancer Auction. The organization held its 40th annual auction Friday night at the Geneva Bar and Grill. It was the third night of the auction.

Items in the auction included gift baskets, T-shirts, home décor pieces and more.

The auction isn’t the only event the organization puts on throughout the year to raise money for cancer research.

“We have pool tournaments, golf outings, we sell mums. Just a lot of different activities throughout the year. There’s a variety of everything. All year long, you just have keep raising money,” Geneva Cancer Auction Secretary Barb Kuchenbecker said.

In the 40 years this has been going on, the organization has raised more than $1.5 and organizers say this year, that total is expected to reach $2 million.

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