Sarah Strong Foundation continues battle against cancer

ELKHART, Ind. -- Almost two months after the death of Elkhart's teen Sarah Crane, the community continues to rally in support of the Sarah Strong foundation.

"Sarah's vision was to keep the community together," says Sarah Strong Treasurer, Brenda Mueller. "So we want to continue that and continue this for Sarah."

Mueller says the organization will continue it's battle against cancer, but there are a few things they need to take care of first.

"We are neck deep in paperwork, we are trying to get everything ready so we can do everything properly," says Mueller.

A ribbon cutting in June for the non-profit, a 5K race, and creating scholarships for students are all in the works.

But the first goal is to help the Crane family with leftover medical bills, and that is the reason why today's fundraiser got started.

Silent auction sponsor, Diamond Air Rainbow, says that the Sarah Strong movement has a special place in their hearts.

"It has been roughly three years since I lost my husband to colon cancer," says Diamond Air Rainbow General Manager Jennifer Rogers.

Rogers has spent the last thirty days juggling her full time job and working on the project.

"I wanted to get involved with the foundation in honor of him, in honor of her, and bring awareness to the fact that there is a more positive side to the stories as well as getting money to the foundation," says Rogers.

They were able to get 29 businesses across Michiana to participate.

"The community that has come together and the meaning that Sarah's life has meant to everyone, it will never stop," says Elkhart resident Sue Schwartz.

The Sarah Strong 5K is March 8th at the City Center Plaza in downtown Elkhart. Information on how to register can be found at

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