LA CROSSE, WI (WKBT) -

UW-La Crosse students braved the cold to fish for a cure Saturday.

The college's Pre-Physician Assistant Club hosted its 5th annual "”Catch-A-Cure” lung cancer awareness event, which included an ice fishing tournament and other activities.

All proceeds from the tournament go toward Gundersen's Medical Foundation for lung cancer research.  Organizers say research on lung cancer receives some of the lowest funding by the federal government.  That's what makes events like "Catch A Cure" so important.

"We really need these donations, we really need to bring out awareness so that further research can be done, some of the research being done right here at UW-La Crosse,” participant Laura Eber said.

Aside from the ice-fishing tournament, the event also included educational activities to raise awareness for lung cancer.  Experts and cancer survivors were on hand to talk about their experience with the disease.

"It's fun, it gets people excited in the winter to get out and get some fresh air and get rid of that cabin fever they got going on,” said club president Chelsea DeMuth.

This is the fifth year UW-L's Pre-Physician Club has held the fundraiser.