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Memorial canoe race celebrates 10 years


An annual canoe race holds a special meaning for a Northwoods community.

This year marks the 10th annual Callie Rohr Memorial Canoe and Kayak Race in Eagle River.

Jeff and Marcia Rohr organized the event in memory of their daughter, who died from pediatric brain tumors.

Now, in her name, they are working to fund a cure.

"For her this would be important because it might mean that another child might not have to go through what she had to go through," said Marcia Rohr, an event organizer and Callie's mother. "This is the way to make a difference."

Every year, proceeds from the event help fund pediatric brain tumor research.

Over the past ten years, the Rohrs say the event has raised more than $100,000.

"I don't think there's a better cause," said Jeff Rohr, an event organizer and Callie's father. "We're trying to protect our kids from the number one medical killer of our kids and it's also fun."

About 70 racers competed this weekend. Some say they return year after year.

"It means a lot to us too who have been here every year," said Bob Knops, a canoe racer. "It's a great cause and that's wonderful."

Organizers say it has become a community event that encourages pro racers and even some of the Newsline 9 news team to grab a paddle.

"It's a wonderful feeling to know that you can bring together a community to follow the mission and dream that we have," said Marcia Rohr.

That dream, Rohr says, is her daughter's legacy.

"Unfortunately her time on earth was short, and so her name's going to go on to do some wonderful stuff," she said.

Newsline 9 raced in the three-mile canoe race against other members of the television media.

Proceeds from the race go to the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Foundation.

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