DURHAM (WTVD) -- Everyday, about 43 children in the United States are diagnosed with cancer.
On Saturday people came out to help fund research for childhood cancers by taking part in the CureSearch Walk in Durham.
The walk is an annual event that celebrates and honors children whose lives have been affected by childhood cancer, while also raising money for life-saving research.
At Saturday's event they raised over $43,000.
Three local businesses, Peppers Market and Sandwich Shop, Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint, and Tomato Jakes Pizzeria, contributed money to the cause as well.
Peppers donated $255 from the profits of a special sandwich. Uncle Maddio's donated $800 from a give-back night that they held every Thursday in October. And Tomato Jakes donated $320 from a give-back rally held Friday night.
These donations are especially important given the lack of funding for pediatric cancer research.
According to the St. Baldrick's Foundation, only 4 percent of Federal Funding goes to childhood cancer research.
Caitlin Knute was the emcee for the event and spoke to the crowd before the walk.
CureSearch is a national non-profit foundation that works to accelerate the search for cures for children's cancer.
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The event was held at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Registration began at 9 a.m. and the walk started at 10 a.m.