8th Annual Pancreatic Cancer Run/Walk

On February 20, 2016 local residents will gather at Westlake Village City Hall for the 8th annual Westlake Village Pancreatic Cancer Research Run/Walk founded by Kristen and Jessica Bardwil to honor their mother Pam Bardwil, who died from the disease when she was only 54 years old.

 

Since its inception in 2009, the event has grown to approximately 1,200 participants and raised more than $750,000 for promising pancreatic cancer research.

 

In 2010, Kristen and Jessica formed a partnership with The Lustgarten Foundation, America’s largest private foundation dedicated to funding pancreatic cancer research.  Due to the support of Cablevision Systems Corporation, a leading media and telecommunications company, 100 percent of every dollar donated to the Foundation goes directly to pancreatic cancer research.

 

“The Lustgarten Westlake Village Pancreatic Cancer Research Run/Walk represents how much we can accomplish by working together to find a cure,” said Ann Walsh, Director of Events, The Lustgarten Foundation.

 

“We greatly appreciate the support we have had from The Lustgarten Foundation and the community – everyone from our sponsors to our expo vendors and all participants and volunteers,” said Kristen Bardwil.

 

Dr. Terry Weyman of Chiropractic Sports Institute has participated as a vendor since the fundraiser’s founding.  “Having had the pleasure of being Pam’s chiropractor and knowing her family for years, participating in this event is a blessing and an honor.  Pam was such a giving and loving person, and knowing her was a gift.”

 

What started as an event to honor Pam Bardwil has grown into a community event which provides hope and support for pancreatic cancer patients and their loved ones.

 

“This event is a celebration of many lives and helps bring awareness to this awful disease,” said Amanda Halpenny, whose team Astons Angels attends the race annually in memory of Mike Aston, a family member who died from the disease.

 

“It’s always fun and heartwarming to see the same faces from the prior years. It’s been particularly special to see more and more survivors turn out each year, and we hope that trend continues,” said Jessica Bardwil.

 

About Pancreatic Cancer and Research Progress

 

Pancreatic cancer most often goes undetected until it’s too late.  There are no early detection tests, no effective long-term treatments and, unless the cancer is surgically removed in its earliest stages, no cure.  More than 41,000 people will die from it this year.  The overall five-year survival rate for pancreatic cancer is eight percent, and most people with advanced pancreatic cancer die within a year.

 

Research remains the best hope.  The Lustgarten Foundation, founded in 1998, has provided more than $110 million dollars to pancreatic cancer research worldwide, and scientists have substantially furthered their understanding of the disease.  Several Foundation-funded research efforts are underway, including clinical trials to develop a blood test and new imaging strategies to detect pancreatic cancer earlier; studies focused on immunotherapy and new drug combinations to identify more effective treatment options; and new methods of drug delivery to ensure the drug reaches the pancreatic tumor.

 

“Given the limited federal funding directed towards pancreatic cancer research, now more than ever patients and their loved ones are relying on The Lustgarten Foundation to conduct innovative studies.  Events like this one will make funding even more research and scientific advancements possible,” said Ann Walsh.

 

The Run/Walk

 

The 2016 Westlake Village Pancreatic Cancer Research Run/Walk will be held on February 20th.  Onsite registration will begin at 7:00 a.m.  The 10K Run/Walk will start at 8:00 a.m., the 5K Run/Walk will commence at 9:30 a.m., and the 1K Kids Fun Run will begin at 10:30am. All races will be held at Westlake Village City Hall, 31200 Oak Crest Drive in Westlake Village.

 

This year’s event will feature live music from the Steve Bardwil Band and food and fun for the whole family, including:

§  VIP breakfast catered by founding sponsor Boccaccio’s for those individuals and group captains whose teams raise a minimum of $1,500.

§  Expo vendors, such as Future Track, Bean Crazy Coffee, Chiropractic Sports Institute, Fresh Brothers Pizza, SunLife Organics Juice and many others.

 

For complete details and to register for the event online, visit

www.2016westlakevillagewalkrun.kintera.org or call 866.789.1000.

 

About The Lustgarten Foundation

 

The Lustgarten Foundation is America’s largest private foundation dedicated to funding pancreatic cancer research. Based in Bethpage, New York, the Foundation supports research to find a cure for pancreatic cancer, facilitates dialogue within the medical and scientific community, and educates the public about the disease through awareness campaigns and fundraising events. The Foundation has directed millions of dollars to research and assembled the best scientific minds with the hope that one day, a cure can be found. Additional information about The Lustgarten Foundation is available at www.lustgarten.org.

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