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Photo by Joe Bowen/FOCUS Eva Hoaby sits atop Jessica Zacharias’ car, with Zacharias, after a successful heat in the Otter Fest demolition derby.

Driven to help: Derbying for a Cure raises funds for Eva Hoaby

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For the past two years, the demolition derby at Otter Fest has had a small but dedicated team of fundraisers in its midst.

Led by Jessica Zacharias, the Derbying for a Cure program used sponsorships, T-shirt sales and a raffle to raise money for Eva Hoaby, a New York Mills youth struggling with cancer, and her family.


Hoaby is a young girl with a tumor in her brain stem, and Derbying for a Cure’s sponsors provide monetary assistance.

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