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Cheerleaders from around the region hit the mat on Saturday morning for a good cause, the annual Cheer for a Cure competition.

Hundreds packed the Genoa High School gym for the event.

The event was inspired by Genoa cheerleading coach Stella Bertz who lost her battle with lung cancer in 2003.

Her daughter Valerie Widner is the event coordinator. "My mom was such an enthusiastic person and it's really cool because it felt like, even though she is gone, she is still here touching so many lives with the money we are raising."

Stella's other daughter, Maria Maluchink said it's hard to believe the event is in its tenth year. "It doesn't seem possible. It just really warms my heard to see all the kids come and cheer their hearts out."

The competition has grown into a national event and has raised more than $100,000 towards cancer research.

Emma Rofkar, Miss Ohio Teen USA and a cheerleader says, "Every girl and boy here are all about raising money for a cause, coming together. Being on the floor, you just get to go out and be yourself."

Cheerleader Morgan Domingez says the event has special meaning. "Every year I have known someone who has died from cancer and every year I come back and dedicate it to a different person. "

This year, Domingez is thinking of Devin Kohlman, a Port Clinton 8th grader who died of brain cancer.

For more information on how you can get involved or donate, click here to visit Cheer For A Cure's website.   You can check out their Facebook page here.

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