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Local group helps raise money for cancer research

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Over 41,000 Texans died from cancer in 2013. It's a disease impacting millions across the nation.  

Almost all of us know someone who has been impacted by cancer.  

That's the main reason why Joe Taco in Amarillo hosted a Cancer Awareness event, Friday evening. 

While it may all look fun and games, the money raised is helping to find a cure.  

Here in the panhandle doctors say they are seeing more patients. Research shows the most common kinds of cancer in our area are breast, colon, lung, lymphoma, leukemia and skin cancer.

But there is some good news.

The advances in the treatment of cancer have helped treat if not cure some cancers. It also has helped treat cancers much longer so folks are able to live  many more years," Said Eric Palmer with Texas Oncology. 

That's why he thinks any little bit of money will help to fund research for a cure, a task one local restaurant is taking head on.


"All of us have been affected one way or another by cancer. Whether it's family, friends, anybody. We wanted to give back," said Neil Parrack at Joe Taco. 

Head shavings, T-shirt sales and games, all fun ways to help raise money which will fund research. Research, that helped save Abbey Maegher's life.

"I was diagnosed with Leukemia on April 23, 1998, when I was 7 years old," she told us. 

Now 16 years cancer free, Maegher knows better than most the importance of the community's help.

"It's really humbling to know that I've been though that and we all come together for one thing and that's just to support cancer and find a cure," she said.

Part of the funds raised will also benefit 24 Hours in the Canyon, a group that supports the only cancer survivor clinic in our area.