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66th Annual Eagles Cancer Telethon comes to a close

Rochester, Minn. (FOX 47) -- The 66th Annual Eagles Cancer Telethon, the longest running locally produced telethon in the U.S, had another successful year, raising hundreds of thousands the fight against cancer. It went off the air on Sunday having raised $867,340 with all profits going to cancer research.

Even through snow and ice, thousands came out to support the free fun and listen to great music, watch amazing acts, get a haircut and eat delicious food supporting the cause. Other acts stepped up and performed for multiple hours during the night to help cover for other acts that couldn't make it because of the road conditions and trucks being unable to plow in some areas.

The moment that touches everyone during each telethon is always the survivor's moment. Cancer survivors and those honoring loved ones who have passed get to go up on stage and offer hope and support to those still fighting.

Nikki Fieseler, a Leukemia survivor of 13 years after being diagnosed at 16 says, "It's an incredible feeling just to get to be a part of that."

All proceeds stay local and benefit research at The Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, The Hormel Institute at the University of Minnesota and The Masonic Cancer Center at the University of Minnesota.

Zach Fuller

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