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2nd annual Aly's Honky Tonk Hustle supports cancer research

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McFARLAND (WKOW) -- The community is coming together to fight cancer in memory of a local woman's life lost too soon.

Family and friends hosted the second annual Aly's Honky Tonk Hustle at McFarland High School, to honor and continue the efforts of Aly Wolff. 800 runners showed up for the race Saturday morning.

Aly, a McFarland high school graduate, was diagnosed with Neuroendocrine cancer in May 2012 and lost her battle to the disease less than a year later at the age of 20.

Aly died just four weeks before the first event in her honor. It was her dream to raise awareness and money for cancer research. The first event raised $125,000 for the UW Carbone Cancer Center. This year, organizers say they raised more than $70,000 and are still counting all the donations. An official number is expected next week.

Aly's sister Tanya Brake tells 27 News she hopes the annual fundraiser can keep Aly's legacy alive.

"She was always so involved with charity, this was her idea," says Brake. "She wanted to raise money for cancer research and it's a great way to incorporate fitness. She really wanted to be healthy and exercise every day."

Aly gained national attention after her friends started a Twitter campaign, #BiebsMeetAly, so she could meet her favorite performer, Justin Bieber.

Earlier this year the Aly Wolff Foundation, created by Aly's family and friends, became an official non-profit.

27 News is a proud sponsor of Aly's Honky Tonk Hustle. The event runs through midnight beginning with a race, live music, a raffle and silent auction, and a Honky Tonk After Party.

If you missed the event you can still donate to Aly's cause by visiting the group's website.

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