COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (CBS4) – Coloradans of all ages hit the stairs Sunday morning to raise money and awareness in the fight against cancer. They climbed the stairs at Dicks Sporting Goods Park for the Step Up for Cancer annual fundraiser.

Hundreds of Coloradans showed up and stepped up — literally.

“It was challenging — challenging but it was good for me,” participant David Kidd said.

Good for Kidd, and great for over 40 Colorado non-profit cancer organizations. With each step the mission was to raise awareness, fundraising and education in the stair climbing event to find a cure for cancer.

PHOTO GALLERY: Step Up for Cancer

For Cory Rigitelo the event was personal.

“This goes out to my mother-in-law who had breast cancer, a survivor just three years ago. And now she’s doing it today. We love you mom,” Rigitelo said.

“I’m doing well and I thank everybody for being there for me. They’ve been fabulous,” breast cancer survivor Ginger Derrick said.

It was the third year for Step Up for Cancer. CBS4’s Vic Lombardi emceed the event.

With an estimated 20,000 Coloradoans being diagnosed with cancer each year, the event is a step in the right direction for a cure.

Learn about activities taking place all year, or get a head start on next year’s event by visiting the Step Up for Cancer website.

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