In Memory of Joan, June and Lisa
This year will be my 9th LA Cancer Challenge race, benefiting the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer. As most of you know, I lost my Mom, Joan, to this devastating disease, 24 years ago this past July. One of my dearest friends, Lisa Berger, lost her life to this disease, at the young age of 45 years old, just 8 years ago this past July. Along with my Mom and Lisa, I lost my Mother-in -Law, June Ellin, 7 years ago August, to other circumstances. These 3 women have touched my life in different ways and I continually dedicate my run to all of them.
This year marks the 19th annual LA Cancer Challenge, which takes place on Sunday October 30th, at the UCLA campus in Westwood. Last year I was the #2 individual fundraiser, out of 4,500 participants I raised close to $18,000. The Hirshberg Foundation dedicated $40,000 in a check written for the memory of my mom, Joan Tucker. The money was dedicated to a seed grant for a doctor at UCLA specifically researching early pancreatic prevention. I am so proud to be an important part of the Hirshberg Foundation’s funding and consistently involved for the past nine years.
Every year since my involvement with the LA Cancer Challenge, I’ve been a top individual fundraiser. This year I’m determined to raise $25,000 and place in the race again.
In supporting my goal, you are helping the mission of the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer, which is to find a cure for pancreatic cancer. The Hirshberg Foundation is the first foundation in the world created specifically for pancreatic cancer research. Currently pancreatic cancer is the third-ranked cancer related deaths in the US among both men and women and has the highest mortality rate of all cancers. Nearly 53,070 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year and over 41,780 will die from this disease. Despite this, the federal government invests less money in pancreatic cancer than any other leading cancer.
Pancreatic cancer diagnosis is increasing, with more and more young struck each year. The funds raised by the LA Cancer Challenge, support the Hirshberg Foundation seed grant program for the Hirshberg Foundation patient and family support programs. The seed grant program provides start-up funding for basic scientists and clinicians who intend to test innovative ideas for improving diagnosis and develop new treatment modalities for pancreatic cancer. Eighty-three cents of every dollar raised goes back in to research for the benefit of the Hirshberg Foundation. So far the Hirshberg Foundation has provided over $6 Million dollars to seed grants for pancreatic cancer research.
I plea with you all to support this very important cause that is increasingly affecting many of us. Early diagnosis and more treatment options to increase survival rate is imperative for pancreatic cancer.
You may join my team “Team Ellin” and run with me to raise these funds or you can simply sponsor me for my race. Please visit my web page – “Team Ellin” at http://support.pancreatic.org/goto/njellin. If you wish to mail a check, please make check payable to “The Hirshberg Foundation” and mail it to 2990 S. Sepulveda Blvd. Suite 300C, Los Angeles, CA 90064. Please include my name in the memo line of your check to ensure that I receive credit for your donation. The foundation’s tax ID number is 954640311.
If you have any questions about the Hirshberg Foundation, please visit www.pancreatic.org. To learn more about the LA Cancer Challenge, please visit www.lacancerchallenge.com. Thank you in advance for your support.