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Mary Bird Perkins employee raises $50k in fight against cancer after running 50 miles

2 years 11 months 2 weeks ago Saturday, March 06 2021 Mar 6, 2021 March 06, 2021 9:14 PM March 06, 2021 in News
Source: WBRZ Staff

BATON ROUGE - An employee at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center completed her mission to run 50 miles across Baton Rouge to raise $50,000 in honor of the center's 50th anniversary. 

The fundraiser closes at the end of March, but the fundraising goal has already been reached.

Corrie Mackey says she is honored to celebrate the Cancer Center with "Mackey's Miles for Mary Bird Perkins" after being on their team for over a decade. 

“You have to have that incentive. It’s gotta mean something to you to run that long, and the only organization that means that much to me, is the cancer center," Mackey said.

The pandemic has taken a heavy toll on fundraising stopping many charitable events in their tracks. Director of Events Chrissy Dupuy alluded to this, saying, “with so many events getting canceled her effort couldn’t come at a better time.”

“We've had to pivot so much with our events year, to be able to have this, and count on Corrie with this, it meant everything to Mary Bird,” Dupuy said.

March 5th, the run took about 10 hours, just as she planned zig-zagging through Baton Rouge, and ending at the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center off Essen Lane.

Mackey says that the finish line is especially meaningful to her as she has seen firsthand what the Cancer Center has done for patients, which has pushed her to reach the goal.

Anyone who wishes to support Mackey can donate online or follow her journey on Facebook here.

Read the original story here.

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