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August 26, 2014

Fort Mill pageant queen’s 5K raises $1,000 to fight cancer

The Cookies for Kids' Cancer 5K in Fort Mill raised $1,000 to help fight pediatric cancer.

Mike Lemmons of the Kingsbridge Running Club in Charlotte was the overall winner of the Cookies for Kids' Cancer 5K Saturday in Fort Mill, but the grand prize went to another runner.

After his first place finish, Lemmons presented the cookie cake and a gift card he won to Reid Douglass, 7, of Rock Hill. Reid is in remission after being diagnosed with leukemia in April 2011. After finishing his chemotherapy treatments last month, Reid decided to run in the Cookies for Kids' Cancer 5K.

"Every time he hears about a run for kids with cancer, he's there," says Claudia Douglass, Reid's mom. "This is his second 5K. I think it makes him realize that you have to live life. You have to be a fighter," she says.

The 5K raised over $1,000 says Miss S.C. Strawberry Festival Ashley Jones, who coordinated the event.

Local businesses are pitching in to help with the fundraising each day in September during 30 Days for a Cure. An event calendar for 30 Days for a Cure is available here.

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