The 5th Annual Naperville Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk brought together a community of people joining the fight against the disease.
With pancreatic cancer accounting for about 3% of all cancers in the U.S. and about 7% of cancer deaths, locals felt the need to take action.
“I lost my father five years ago from pancreatic cancer”, said Coordinator Ann Zediker. “I know I have a very kind and generous community, so I reached out to the Lustgarten Foundation and offered an extension of an opportunity to come to Naperville, so we could bring the walk here to this amazing community that I live in. They generously opened their doors and here we are today.”
This mile-and-a-half walk allowed participants to stroll along the Riverwalk in honor of survivors and in remembrance of those lost.
Walk Leader Lindsey Bialek adds, “When I found out my dad had pancreatic cancer, I had no idea what it was. So this is my way of letting people know what kind of disease this is and how terrible it is. I want to try to help others with it.”
With more than 400 participants, the event raised over $81,000 for the Lustgarten Foundation, which gives 100% of donations directly to pancreatic cancer research.
“Every month, every day, every week, something new comes out. I’m really kind of dedicated to being informed and keeping up on the new therapies, new possibilities that are out there,” said pancreatic cancer survivor Chuck Colander. “It’s just fantastic what’s coming down the pipe, I mean I really think they’re going to cure this thing and I want to be around for it.
The foundation aims to help find better treatments, early detection, and ultimately find a cure.
The Lustgarten Foundation is the largest private funder of pancreatic cancer research in the U.S. and continues to advance scientific and medical research.
In the past four years, this walk has raised over $166,000 for critically needed research. This year had the most walkers and donations to-date.
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