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Thousands gather to 'Corral a Cure for Cancer'

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Country headliner Montgomery Gentry rocked the house at Hoot Owl Ranch Saturday night, to play for a crowd of thousands of generous Nebraskans.
 
"What it shows is we're one big state, all the way from Omaha to Banner County, we all come together for a very good cause," said Governor Dave Heineman. "And it sold out again. Its going to raise over a million dollars over the last couple days, and again, it goes for a very big cause, cancer research, that's affected every family probably, in this state."

Laurie Widdowson, vice-chair of the advisory board for the Cattlemen's Ball says the Ball isn't just a fundraiser, its a family getting together to promote two things: the cattle industry, and cancer research.

Widdowson lost her son to a brain tumor shortly after her family hosted the Cattlemen's Ball in 2007.
 
"When people say that you're touched by cancer, I'd say that's putting it pretty lightly," Widdowson said."I think people who are touched by cancer are literally punched in the gut, But I think what defines us is not that we're hit by cancer, but how we got through it."
 
Hundreds-of thousands of dollars was raised in a single night at the Ball, all of which will go to fund cancer studies at the Fred and Pamela Buffet Cancer Center at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
 
"What a great way to bring people in agriculture together and raise money for cancer," said Dale Nichols, of Bridgeport.
 

Cancer survivors, donors, and sponsors from across the state gave their time, money, and efforts to 'Corral a Cure for Cancer.'

Dan Flower, custom saddle maker out of Scottsbluff, donated his own horse and handmade saddle Saturday night, all in the name of cancer research.
 
"I lost both my parents to cancer,' Flower said. "I've always been a supporter of cancer research. We'll find a cure to this deadly disease someday, and hopefully the sale of her will make that hope happen."

Flower's horse and saddle were auctioned off for nearly $20,000 each, along with hundreds of other items.

Event organizers say they hope to raise at least $2.5 million dollars Buffet Cancer Center.

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