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Marines win Battle of the Branches, raise money for Lufkin families battling cancer

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LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

The Marine Corps talks a big talk and tonight in Lufkin they backed it up.

The group from the Lufkin recruiting center was able to take home the trophy in the first Battle of the Branches hosted by Gains & Glory Gym. They were able to beat out the Navy and Army teams in an obstacle course challenge and in Tug of War. The Army finished second and the Navy came in third place.

"I thought we did great," recent Marine Corps enlistee Tyler Young said. "There was a lot of tough competition but we did what we are supposed to do. Recruits being able to beat active duty members is something else."

The event was more than just seeing who was the best branch of service. The event was also to help local families.

"We had this scheduled for a while," Abby Brooks said. "When the news came to us of Seth and Hannah Thompson and Randy Stallard we jumped on the opportunity to use Battle of the Branches as a fundraiser."

Lufkin Police officer Seth Thompson has battled cancer twice and won. In recent weeks, his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer. Soon after that announcement, Lufkin officer Randy Stallard was diagnosed with throat cancer. He is currently undergoing radiation treatment 5 times a week for a minimum of 5 weeks, during which time he will likely lose his voice temporarily.

Officer Thompson was at the event to lend a helping hand.

"This was great," Thompson said. "Jeremy and Abby are great friends and then to get the guys from all the branches coming out here to show support, it is pretty awesome."

The event sold barbeque plates and held a raffle. In total, Brooks believes close to $2,000 was raised. Brooks is a current LPD officer and Marine veteran. She was all smiles at the end of the competition.

"I knew the Marines would win," Brooks said. "I am very glad the Marines won but also glad everyone came out and worked as hard as they did for this cause."

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