Mascots for a Cure: Fighting cancer and having fun

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EUGENE, Ore. - A Lane County man is out to break a World Record and lend a hand in the fight against cancer at the same time.
     
For the third year, Derek Zinser is bringing his "Mascots for a Cure" campaign back to this weekend's Relay for Life in Eugene.
     
It's quite a sight.
     
Last year, Derek tried to assemble the most mascots in one place at one time to break the Guinness world record of 162.
     
Unfortunately, they came up six mascots short.
     
But the real reason Derek is doing this is to honor those who have battled cancer, including his dad, who died in 2009.
    
"And it’s pretty emotional when you see a bunch of mascots walking out to the Sister Sledge song ‘We are Family.’ It's a neat thing because they are there to fight cancer, too. Because they care as well. You definitely don't see that walking around every day," Derek said.
     
Since last year's relay, a new world record of 263 mascots was set in Tokyo, Japan.
    
Derek says due to that, breaking the record won't be possible this year, but he's aiming to break it next June at the 2014 Portland Rose Festival.
    
He's already in contact with companies across the country, even the NBA to get their mascots on board.