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MILWAUKEE -- The heat advisory has been in effect for several days now but that hasn't stopped folks from getting out to events around town. Thousands battled through the stifling air on Saturday, July 23rd to fight for some great causes.

A haze hovered over Milwaukee's lakefront skyline as runners and walkers braved the sweltering heat.

"This is the second hottest year I've ever done it," said Joshua Parish, participant.

Parish and his daughter participated in the United Negro College Fund's (UNCF) 32nd annual Milwaukee 5K Run/Walk for Education in Veterans Park, and says it was well worth it.

"It's about the cause no matter how tired you are I was thinking you gotta keep running it's not just about you, you have to do it for the kids," said Haja Goggans, participant.

"We made sure that everyone understood they need to be hydrated and we prepared for it all along the walk -- cases of water, water stations all throughout," said United Negro College Fund Regional Development Director, Michael Cox.

Just as organizers tended to folks on the lakefront, the same was going on at Festa Italiana for the Vince Lombardi 5K Walk/Run to Tackle Cancer.

"It's about giving back to people who are fighting cancer right now or remembering those who have lost the fight against cancer," said Erin Hareng, Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation executive director.

"It was very worthwhile doing the walker for cancer," said Gina Berka, participant.

Just to make sure everyone stayed cool and hydrated, there was an abundance of water and beverages throughout the parks so folks could grab what they needed.

"I think this is my third. I brought extra sunscreen and some wipes to cool us down. There are some misting stations so they are very helpful. We did a lot of dumping water on our heads today," said Berka.

Proving kindness in their hearts soars well above any temperatures.

"No an issue whatsoever because the vision and commitment to the mission is larger than heat," said Cox.

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  • Jim

    All great people and great causes unlike the scum blocking traffic and disrupting shoppers at Mayfair today

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