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Killebrew-Thompson Memorial raises $1 million in fight against cancer

The money is split evenly between the cancer treatment and research facilities in Idaho and Minnesota.

SUN VALLEY - The 42nd annual Killebrew-Thompson Memorial golf tournament brought in a massive haul - $1 million - to help in the fight against cancer.

For over four decades, the four-day event every August in Sun Valley has dedicated its fundraising efforts to cancer research and treatment at Mountain States Tumor Institute (MSTI) in Boise and the University of Minnesota's Masonic Cancer Center.

It's one of Idaho's largest nonprofit fundraisers, and has raised nearly $18 million since its inception in 1976. The money is split evenly between the cancer facilities in Idaho and Minnesota.

Killebrew-Thompson isn't just about golf. Hundreds of families from all over the state and the nation converge on the Wood River Valley to enjoy events ranging from barbecues to a glitzy gala - all with the goal of raising money for cancer research.

Credit: Mark Johnson/KTVB
The Killebrew-Thompson Memorial brought in $1 million to help in the fight against cancer.

To top it all all off, thousands gathered on the lawn of the Sun Valley Resort to celebrate the milestone weekend and to listen to the Beatles tribute band, 1964.

"All You Need Is Love" rang out in the Wood River Valley, not only from the stage but from a group dedicated to trying to find a cure for cancer in our lifetime.