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Runners "Head for the Cure" in rainy Columbus 5K

A charity run/walk/bike organization that travels nationwide made its stop in Columbus Sunday, hosting a rain-soaked race along the Scioto River to raise money in the fight against brain cancer. (WSYX/WTTE)

A charity run/walk/bike organization that travels nationwide made its stop in Columbus Sunday, hosting a rain-soaked race along the Scioto River to raise money in the fight against brain cancer.

The "Head for the Cure 5K" travels to dozens of cities between March and November, organizing races to benefit brain cancer research and treatment. Cancers of the brain are among the least-research and worst-funded types of cancer, according to Head for the Cure.

Several local survivors joined the 5K, including former Upper Arlington police sergeant Sam Mierzejewski. The veteran cop was forced to retire from his job after an 18-month bout with brain cancer left his body with tremors and speech problems.

"I want people to understand that they can live through this," Mierzejewski told ABC 6/FOX 28. "This is not something that's necessarily a death sentence. Get with it, get tough, and you can do it."

Another runner, Lori Mines, crossed the finish line Sunday just a month after her latest brain surgery.

"I'm just grateful to be here," she said afterwards. "I just found out that I have to go back to do chemotherapy again soon, so it's really awesome to be here and actually be able to run."

Several dozen runners braved the conditions to run the 5K, which now heads to Kansas City for a biking race next weekend.

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