How Nebraska’s ethanol output is helping cancer research

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Over the last five years, the Nebraska Ethanol Board has raised nearly $50,000 for cancer research.

The board started Fuel the Cure to support research while educating the public on the importance of ethanol.

Spokeswoman Jessica Sodeke said high concentrations of ethanol in gasoline is good for the environment and for your health.

“We do see a lot of people, customers, drivers getting more interested in it as they learn about it because there’s still a lot of people who don’t know about all of the benefits of ethanol,” she said. “It’s really something that anybody can use to help their health and to save costs.”

Throughout the year, the board accepts donations for the fundraiser and partners with local ethanol retailers.

In October, participating gas stations donate 3 cents for each gallon of ethanol fuel sold at their locations.

One retailer sold nearly 125,000 gallons, which was equal to around $3,700.

“You know, it’s a great organization that’s doing a lot to cure cancer, and we wanted to be a part of that,” said Larry Ehrman, the vice president of Cooperative Producers Inc., which owns eight stations in central Nebraska.

Sodeke said regular gasoline has harmful substances in it that can cause cancer if you’re exposed to high amounts.

She said the ethanol board hope to educate people on the positive aspects of ethanol for the health of the environment and for the health of people as well.

As the second-leading state in the country for ethanol production, Nebraska has to be proactive in that education, Sodeke said.

“We do have an opportunity to make gasoline more environmentally friendly, and we take that responsibility seriously here,” she said.

In 2022, Sodeke said the board raised over $15,000.

The money goes to the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center in Omaha and Nebraska’s chapter of the American Cancer Society.

Sodeke said Fuel the Cure supports farmers here in the state, as well as cancer patients who depend on research to fight their battle.

“It’s a very unique opportunity for Nebraska to take something that we make and make it do more,” she said.

To read more about the cause and donate, visit the ethanol board’s website.

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