Supporters Raise Nearly $25,000 At Pancreatic Cancer Walk

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Caption: Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios (center) cuts the ribbon to begin the Fifth Annual Pancreatic Cancer Walk at Roosevelt Park in Edison.  The event is held each year to raise awareness about the devastating disease and raise funds for research at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey.  Joining Rios are (from left): Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, Freeholder Carol Barrett Bellante, County Clerk Elaine Flynn, Marcella Miller of the County Environmental Health Division, Edison Mayor Antonia Ricigliano and Erin Bradley of the County HazMat Office. (Photo courtesy of Middlesex County)

Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios (center) cuts the ribbon to begin the Fifth Annual Pancreatic Cancer Walk at Roosevelt Park in Edison. The event is held each year to raise awareness about the devastating disease and raise funds for research at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Joining Rios are (from left): Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, Freeholder Carol Barrett Bellante, County Clerk Elaine Flynn, Marcella Miller of the County Environmental Health Division, Edison Mayor Antonia Ricigliano and Erin Bradley of the County HazMat Office. (Photo courtesy of Middlesex County)

EDISON – Supporters donated close to $25,000 for pancreatic cancer research, as more than 170 participants came out to “Walk for a Cure” at Roosevelt Park in Edison.

The Middlesex County Office of Health Services and the Middlesex County Chronic Disease Coalition, in conjunction with the Edison Municipal Alliance, held the June 8th event to raise community awareness about the disease and raise funds to aid research.

“So far this year, this event has raised a record-breaking amount — almost $25,000 — to benefit pancreatic cancer research at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey,” said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios, who spearheaded the event. “This is the single largest contributor to Pancreatic Cancer Research at the center. I can’t thank the participants enough for taking their time to help us help others.”

Rios said the funding has been put toward a pancreatic cancer clinical trial that will test the effectiveness of new vaccine combinations and immune response. Donations directly to the Cancer Institute will be accepted through the end of the year.

“For the past five years, this event has provided an opportunity to increase awareness, raise funds and educate individuals about pancreatic cancer,” said Freeholder H. James Polos, Chairperson of the Public Safety and Health Committee. “As the fourth leading cause of all cancer deaths in the U.S., the support for this event has a significant impact in overcoming a deadly disease.”

According to the National Cancer Institute, there will be 45,220 new cases of pancreatic cancer diagnosed in the U.S. in 2013. It claims about as many lives each year as breast cancer, while grappling with a much lower survival rate.

“This community event will continue to help CINJ’s physician-scientists in their efforts to develop cutting-edge treatments for pancreatic cancer,” said Leanne Kochy, Director of Major Gifts for the Cancer Institute of New Jersey Foundation. “Middlesex County’s dedication to this cause will help improve the lives of so many, and we are truly grateful.”

Lester Jones, Middlesex County Office of Health Services Director-Health Officer said: “We were very lucky to have the Cancer Institute of New Jersey as a partner again this year. I would also like to acknowledge the Middlesex County Office of Parks and Recreation, the Middlesex County Improvement Authority, Middlesex County Office of Economic and Business Development, Roosevelt Care Center, Middlesex Water, 1450 WCTC Radio, and Param Health Care Services Inc. for their continued support of this cause. It is with their help that we were able to not only meet, but well exceed our goals for this year’s event”

“Middlesex County is committed to providing the highest quality of life for our residents,” said Rios. “As you can see by the number of individuals and groups supporting this event, we have outstanding partners in the community who share our goal.”

This year, participants and teams were able to set up profiles on a website that allowed supporters to donate online and track fundraising goals at individual and team levels, as well as the total amount raised for the event.

A co-ed softball tournament is scheduled for Saturday, July 27 at Warren Park in Woodbridge to help support the fundraising efforts of the Pancreatic Cancer Walk. The tournament will be managed by the County Office of Parks and Recreation. Registration and rules can be found at http://co.middlesex.nj.us/parksrecreation/organized_sports.asp.

Donations to the Cancer Institute of New Jersey for pancreatic cancer research will be accepted through the end of the year. To donate and to learn more about the Pancreatic Cancer Walk, visit http://cinjfoundation.donordrive.com/event/pancwalk2013.


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