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Published September 28, 2013, 06:27 PM

Princess Warrior run remembers girl, raises money for research

Wadena, MN (WDAY TV) - A little girl whose battle with leukemia touched the hearts of people around the country is continuing to make a difference a year after her death.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Wadena, MN (WDAY TV) - A little girl whose battle with leukemia touched the hearts of people around the country is continuing to make a difference a year after her death.

One day after what would have been Jane Fiemeyer's tenth birthday, the Princess Warrior 5K filled the streets of Wadena with tutus and crowns.

Hundreds of runners, walkers, rollers and stroller - all inspired by one little girl.

Jane Fiemeyer's Princess Warrior spirit filled the streets of Wadena, where the courageous girl lived before losing her life to leukemia.

Jil Feimeyer, Jane’s Mother: ""As Jane's mom, it's very bittersweet, because of course I would love her here."

Jil Fiemeyer organized the run the day after what would have been her daughter's tenth birthday.

During her cancer battle, Jane's resilience and sweet nature earned her the nickname, "Princess Warrior."

Now, Jil hopes this run will lead to fewer missed birthdays for kids like Jane.

Fiemeyer: "And let that cancer bully know that we're not going to let it take any more of our children."

Everyone from little girls to grown men sported tutus and crowns. Some runners were Jane's classmates, like Carson Kern.

Jackie Kern, Wadena Resident: "They had similar personalities and they just clicked."

The rain started early and did not let up through the race, but even having the chance to feel the rain on your skin is part of being healthy and alive.

Feimeyer: "There are so many kids that in the cancer units that can't be dancing the rain, so we're dancing in the rain for them."

More than 450 runners registered for the 5K. The money raised goes to cancer research.

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