YOUNGSTOWN (WKBN) — Runners and walkers from across the valley filled the streets of Youngstown Sunday morning for the fifth annual Panerathon.
More than 10,000 runners and walkers took strides in an effort to raise money for the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center.
“Everybody can make a difference. I mean every dollar that gets raised here actually does go to save lives. 100% of the proceeds stay local, goes right to the comprehensive center to help support breast cancer,” said Allen Ryan, Covelli Enterprises.
The turnout for this year’s Panerathon was the biggest in the five-year history, raising more than $200,000 dollars.
“It’s incredible to see everyone come out as it’s grown throughout the years cause I’ve done it since the first year and this year is probably one of the biggest. It’s just great to see everyone out here and supporting the cause,” said Nicole Malkovits, a runner in the Panerathon.
“It’s just a phenomenal event. Everybody should be here to support breast cancer survivors and breast cancer people who have passed away,” said William Claypoole, a runner in the Panerathon. He is also a Bristol firefighter and ran carrying 45 pounds of gear. He even had survivors sign his tank.
“It’s really heartwarming. You know, there needs to be a cure. There’s so many women stricken with this and it is so so very important ladies to get your mammogram,” said Claypoole.
In total, the 10K fun walk or run has brought in more than $1 million.