Seven years ago, Jessica and Kristen Bardwil started the Westlake Village Pancreatic Cancer Run/Walk, originally known as PAM’s Run, to honor their mother, Pamela, who died of pancreatic cancer at age 54. Since its inception, the event has grown to approximately 1,200 participants and raised more than $600,000 for promising pancreatic cancer research.
This year, the Run/Walk, which supports The Lustgarten Foundation, America’s largest private foundation dedicated to funding pancreatic cancer research, will take place on February 14th. Every dollar raised will go directly to pancreatic cancer research because Cablevision Systems Corporation underwrites the Lustgarten Foundation’s administrative costs.
Apart from helping to fund critically important research, the event also raises awareness and provides hope for those in the community whose lives have been affected by the disease. Race participant and journalist Ivor Davis, author of the recently released “The Beatles and Me on Tour,” lost his wife of 46 years, Sally Ogle Davis, to pancreatic cancer.
“The 2015 Westlake walk-run is a vitally important event staged by the Lustgarten Foundation to bring new and renewed hope to patients and their families as they battle to find a cure for the deadly disease,” says Davis.
“This race is all about making a difference and having a great time doing it,” says Linda Jayne, an annual supporter of the run/walk whose mother and sister died from the disease. “It is inspiring to see people so dedicated to fighting this disease. I would not miss this event.”
Anne Hirsch has participated in the Lustgarten Westlake Village Run/Walk for the last three years as a member of the Westlake Chapter of Moms in Motion. “The race is an awesome combination of energy, enthusiasm, a wonderful community expo and a friendly course for runners and walkers alike,” said Hirsch. “This year, this event has become deeply personal to me, as I lost my loving big sister to pancreatic cancer last October. Too many people suffer from this horrible disease, so much research needs to be done. Come on out for a beautiful morning and let’s support this noble cause.”
“This is what this event is all about, bringing people together–those currently in the fight, friends and family who have lost loved ones, and brave survivors–in the common goals of finding a cure and celebrating life,” says Kristen Bardwil.
“The spirit and dedication of teams who come out en mass year after year is truly inspiring,” added Jessica Bardwil.
About Pancreatic Cancer and Research Progress
Pancreatic cancer most often goes undetected until it’s too late. More than 40,000 people will die from it this year. The overall five-year survival rate for pancreatic cancer is seven percent and most with advanced cancer die within a year. There are no early detection tests, no effective long-term treatments and, unless the cancer is surgically removed in its earliest stages, no cure.
Research remains the best hope for a cure, and researchers have made positive strides in recent years, most significantly with the development of a blood test for detection which is currently in clinical trial.
The Lustgarten Foundation, founded in 1998, has provided more than $110 million dollars to pancreatic cancer research worldwide. Thanks to research funded by The Lustgarten Foundation, early detection tests are being developed, the genetic makeup of this cancer is better known now than ever before, more clinical trials are available for pancreatic cancer, immunotherapy is being tested in treating pancreatic cancer, and the development of new therapies is underway.
“We are grateful to the Bardwil family for joining The Lustgarten Foundation in the fight against pancreatic cancer,” says Ann Walsh, director of events of The Lustgarten Foundation. “Pancreatic cancer is the most lethal of all cancers, and it’s because of events like the Westlake Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk/Run that we’re able to advance important research about this disease so we can detect it earlier, develop better treatments, and ultimately, find a cure.”
The 2015 Westlake Village Pancreatic Cancer Run/Walk will be held on February 14. Onsite registration will begin at 7:00 a.m. The 10K will start at 8:00 a.m., and the 5K Run/Walk will commence at 9:30 a.m. Both start in the courtyard of the Westlake Village City Hall, 31200 Oak Crest Drive in Westlake Village.
This year’s event will feature live music from the Steve Bardwil Band, 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 Jack FM, Future Track, Bean Crazy Coffee, Chiropractic Sports Institute, Fresh Brothers Pizza, and many others.
For complete details and to register for the event online, visit
www.2015westlakewalkrun.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 provided millions of research dollars 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.