Indiana family turns holiday tradition into a fundraiser for cancer research

Catherine Garcia

Every year, the Maiers family celebrates Thanksgiving with mimosas, delivering drinks to their friends and neighbors. For 2019, they decided to do things a little differently — and in the process, raised $22,000 for cancer research.

Nancy Maiers, 71, went through chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery earlier this year for a brain tumor, and in September, found out that it came back. Her grandson, Parker Maiers, 12, thought they should transform their Thanksgiving tradition into a fundraiser, and turned it into the Mimosa March, a one-mile walk to raise money for the National Brain Tumor Society.

On Thanksgiving, more than 100 people participated in the Mimosa March, making their way through the streets of Carmel, Indiana. Each ticket was $30 and included a mimosa or plain orange juice, with extra donations welcomed. Parker Maiers told Good Morning America he wanted to honor his grandmother because she's his "best friend" and is "really nice and sweet and cares about others before herself." A retired nurse, Nancy Maiers said she has "so much to be grateful for" and is "feeling good."

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