“Walk With Us To Find A Cure”

By Middlesex County Freeholder Deputy Director, Ronald G. Rios

Ronald Rios

Based on estimates from The American Cancer Society, about 43,920 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year. And of that number, nearly 37,390 of those individuals will die from the disease. Since 2004, the rates of this form of cancer have increased about 1.5% per year.

Though perhaps not as present in the media as some other forms of cancer, pancreatic cancer is no less deadly. This type of cancer spreads rapidly and is often difficult to detect in its early stages. Because symptoms may not appear until pancreatic cancer is quite advanced, it often has a poor prognosis, even when it is diagnosed early.

To raise community awareness about this disease and to help raise funds to aid research, the Middlesex County Office of Health Services and the Middlesex County Cancer Coalition are sponsoring the Fourth Annual Pancreatic Cancer Walk.

This family event is scheduled to be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, June 9, at Roosevelt Park in Edison by the lake. Check-in time will be from 8:30 to 9 a.m. Registration is $10, and donations are encouraged. Proceeds will benefit pancreatic cancer research at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ).

I urge residents to come and join us for a morning walk to support a great cause.

Interested walkers can register by visiting the CINJ Web site at http://cinjfoundation.donordrive.com/event/pancwalk2012 .

Over the past three years, Middlesex County has raised over $8,200 to benefit pancreatic cancer 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. This year our goal is to raise $10,000.

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 as volunteers to help with the walk. I would also like to thank Param Health Care Services for their continued support and participation and the Middlesex County Office of Parks and Recreation for making Roosevelt Park available for the event.

Come and enjoy the morning and bring your friends and family!

If you have questions about the event or need additional information, contact John Dowd by phone 1-732-745-3100 or by e-mail john.dowd@co.middlesex.nj.us.

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