Rochester, Minn. (FOX 47) -- The 66th annual 5th District Eagles Cancer Telethon is this weekend, starting at 7 p.m. on KTTC. The event runs 20 hours on-air and is the longest, locally produced telethon in the country. And once again, it's at the Mayo Civic Center Auditorium.
2019's installment saw over $1,000,000 raised for cancer research benefiting The Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, The Hormel Institute at the University of Minnesota, and The Masonic Cancer Center at the University of Minnesota.
Around 125 acts of all kinds will perform this year including bagpipes, a capella singers, dancers, and more.
The event and its participants all have one goal in mind: to help find the end to cancer of all kinds. The event is free but patrons can help out by getting sandwiches, malts, or a haircut while enjoying the acts throughout the 20 hour period.
The best part of the experience? The survivor's moment on Sunday where those personally affected by cancer, whether currently battling or surviving, or those honoring a loved one lost to cancer, can come on stage and share their stories.
Telethon Executive Director Teresa Chapman says, "You can see in their faces to be up there and say I'm a fighter, I'm a survivor, and I lost someone dear and I'm here to honor them, it's touching." It's highly regarded and the highlight of every telethon.
Donations can be made in person and announced on stage, over the phone, or given online with the grand total being announced at the end.