‘Fuel the Cure’ spurs money to breast cancer research

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — It’s something everyone should do, even if it’s not cheap these days.

But for the rest of the month, Nebraskans can donate to cancer research at no extra cost if they use E-15 or higher blends of ethanol gasoline.

“If you can make a choice where it’s a little bit better for your family, your kids, and your community, that’s good for everyone,” said Jessica Sodeke, Ethanol Program Manager, Nebraska Ethanol Board.

The fundraiser called “Fuel the Cure” takes place at approximately 50 gas stations in Nebraska and spans the entire state. For every gallon of gas a customer buys, three cents from every gallon goes to the Buffett Cancer Center of Nebraska Medicine.

The only subway location is Anderson’s, at 140th and Center in western Omaha.

“It’s moving, all these communities and people can see how all these retailers are helping support it,” Sodeke says.

Sodeke hopes people will get into the habit of using ethanol once the promotion is over. She encourages Nebraskans to get blends of E-15 and E-85 at every gas station that has it.

She points to research that ethanol is safer, better for the environment and your health than traditional gasoline, and that donating the money earned to cancer is a perfect fit.

“I really hope people will see that not only can they support breast cancer, but making it a habit is one of the easiest ways to reduce their own carbon footprint,” Sodeke said.

Over the past three years, the fundraiser has raised $18,000.

With more than a dozen more gas stations participating this year, they are optimistic this year will be the largest yet.

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