By Ronald G. Rios
Middlesex County Freeholder Deputy Director
Chairperson, Committee of Public Health and Education
According to the American Cancer Society, more than 42,500 people in the United States were diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year and nearly 35,200 died from the disease.
Though perhaps not as present in the media as some other forms of cancer, pancreatic cancer is no less deadly.
To raise community awareness about the disease and to help raise funds to aid research, the Middlesex County Public Health Department and the Middlesex County Cancer Coalition are sponsoring the Second Annual Pancreatic Cancer Walk.
The event will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 5 and start at the Stephen J. Capestro Theatre (the site where Plays-in-the-Park is shown) inside the county’s Roosevelt Park on Route 1 in Edison. I urge residents to come and join us for a morning walk to support a great cause.
Last year’s walk raised about $1,700 to benefit pancreatic research at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey. That funding was put toward a pancreatic cancer clinical trial earlier this year that tested the effectiveness of new vaccine combinations and immune response. The more we learn about how to treat pancreatic cancer, the more people we can save from this devastating disease.
We are very lucky to have the Cancer Institute of New Jersey as a partner again this year and to have students from the Middlesex County Academy for Allied Health and Bio Medical Sciences and the Middlesex County Academy for Science, Math and Engineering Technologies as volunteers to help with the walk.
Persons interested in participating in the walk can visit http://www.cinjfoundation.org/index.html to register. The first 300 people to register online will receive a free T-shirt. Registration is free, but donations are encouraged.
Come and enjoy the morning and bring your friends and family!
If you have questions about the event or need additional information, contact Padma Arvind by phone at 1-732-745-3140 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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