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Teams compete in inaugural fire truck pull to benefit pediatric cancer research

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

Curing Kids Cancer held its first fire truck pull Saturday to benefit Palmetto Health Children's Hospital Cancer and Blood Disorders Clinic.

Curing Kids Cancer was founded in 2005 by Grainne and Clay Own after they lost their 9-year old son, Killian, to leukemia in 2003.

Teams of 10 people raced to see who could pull a fire truck in the fastest time.

"I did it about 10 minutes ago and my heart is still beating," said USC junior Melanie Cormier. "It was very difficult. I underestimated how hard it would be."

Cormier, who is also a member of the USC Equestrian Team, participated in honor of Aiden and Sophie, two children who used to visit the team.

"We have these children come out to the barn a lot with us and we've gotten to know them a lot and we just really like to support the cause," Cormier said. "I've known a lot of people really close to me who have had cancer and everybody knows somebody who has either suffered or survived cancer. I think it's very important because everybody is effected by it. Not only those who have cancer but their families and it's really important to find a cure." 

Curing Kids Cancer has raised more than $4 million for pediatric cancer research.

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