High-school students donate money for breast cancer research from first 5k run/walk

Austin High School students have donated $2,500 to The Hormel Institute’s world-renowned breast cancer research after raising money by organizing a 5k run/walk charity event in May.

Members of Austin High’s Youth Leadership Club, a group dedicated to community-wide service work, approached their club advisor Emily Hovland with the idea for a walk/run at Austin’s Jay C. Hormel Nature Center as a fundraiser for breast cancer research. From there, club members Haley Underwood, Nathan Schwab, Olivia Grev, Jaclyn Bird and Madi Wuertz created the first “Strides for a Cure” event, which drew about 80 participants May 21 – and the students plan to do it again next year to benefit the Institute’s research.

As with any donation to The Hormel Institute, 100 percent of the money from the “Strides for a Cure” event will go directly toward cancer research.