Dear friends,

Within the past few years, our family has lost 3 very dear cousins and friends to pancreatic cancer. The loss of Ron, Allen and Jerry has affected us deeply.

The five-year survival rate for pancreatic cancer is less than five percent – a fact that has not changed in 30 years despite significantly improved survival rates for many other cancers. Although pancreatic cancer is the fourth-leading cause of cancer deaths, only 1% of federal research funds are focused on this deadly disease. The Lustgarten Foundation is working to change this unfortunate situation. Their mission is to fund the scientific and medical research needed for diagnosis, treatment, cure and prevention of this disease. 100% of all donations go directly to research.

I will be joining our family in participating in the Ron Weber Walk for Life on Sunday, Sept. 26 at Bergen County College in Paramus, NJ which raises money to support the Lustgarten Foundation.

If you’re not busy that weekend, come join the walk that honors our cousin Ron’s legacy. Come alone or bring a friend or other family member – together we can make a difference! All donations are tax-deductible. If you would like to walk with us, feel free to join us by signing up online at http://paramuswalk.kintera.org/ : click on the logo for “Register.”

If you cannot participate, please make a financial contribution, for which I would be very grateful. You can donate directly on my personal webpage at http://paramuswalk.kintera.org/panzica

Please help us to ensure that patients and their families have a fighting chance so that we can provide them with the kind of hope Ron, Allen and Jerry never knew.

I cannot thank you enough for your friendship and support.


Runner Mom said...

How wonderful, Susan! I'll be praying for you all!

Jan Cline said...

Thanks for making us aware. A worthy cause - blessings as you participate.

Jeanette Levellie said...

Oh, Susan, how horrible for your family, my dear. I'm proud of you that you are doing something to help others find healing.


Rhonda Schrock said...

My husband's family has been touched by this disease, too. He lost an uncle to pancreatic cancer. I pray that's the end of this terrible scourge for your family!

quietspirit said...

Cancer is a horrible disease. My dad and stepmother each received a diagnosis inside of six months of each other. I am an only child. With the help of my 'aunt' and my husband, we got through the ordeal. They both are gone now-taken by other diseases/disorders.
I will be praying for your family's efforts.

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

I can't think of a better way to spend a Sunday... a day of rest dedicated to the "walk of life."

Keep to it. My prayers go with you as you step the journey in faith. Thanks for your prayers as well.