Fight Cancer Day Strives To Raise Funds (VIDEO)

By Corinne Rose (21Alive)

October 3, 2013 Updated Oct 3, 2013 at 6:29 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- Fighting cancer and helping patients while shopping.

Thursday marks the 35th annual Fight Cancer Day at local Kroger and Scott’s grocery stores.

And to emphasize the "Fight" Cancer Day, posters and billboards feature grocery store employees touched by the disease.

The supermarket chain is donating 3% of Thursday’s sales to the "American Cancer Society and to Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana.

Last year, the event raised more than $56,000.

And celebrity baggers and store workers told us why the day is important to them.

“It's for a good cause. We try to do our part and get out in the community and meet everybody, our neighbors, friends. Because you guys are pretty close to here, right? Yeah, yes, most of us live around this part of town,” says fire Captain Mike Rosales.

“Here lately, you know, I've been taking a lot of time off. I've had several surgeries and stuff, so. And they've understood? And they understood, yes. In fact, I just came back to work. I just was off. I had to have surgery done, so I just got back to work last week!” says employee and cancer survivor Nora Arbuckle.

Cancer runs in her family, too, so someone from the company who knows her situation approached her about being one of the employees featured on the posters and billboards to promote the Fight Cancer Day event.

You can still donate at checkout through Sunday.

The money will stay here in the community to help cancer patients and fight the disease.

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