In Memory of Joan, June and Lisa
This year will be my 12th LA Cancer Challenge race, benefiting the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer. As most of you know, I lost my Mom, Joan Tucker, to this devastating disease, 27 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 11 years ago this past July. Along with my Mom and Lisa, I lost my mother-in-law, June Ellin, 10 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 22nd annual LA Cancer Challenge, which takes place on Sunday October 20th, at the UCLA campus in Westwood. Last year I raised almost $29,000. This amount was the most money I have raised individually to date since I began my fundraising efforts for the Hirshberg Foundation 12 years ago. Last year there were over 2,000 participants and the total raised for the LA Cancer Challenge was almost $526,000. I am so proud to be an important part of the Hirshberg Foundation’s funding and consistently involved for the past 12 years. Since my involvement with the Hirshberg Foundation I have raised $280,000 collectively and have been one of their top individual fundraiser. I know my mother is looking down and smiling. This year I am determined to raise $30,000.
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 surpassing breast cancer and has the highest mortality rate of all cancers. Nearly 56,770 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year and over 45,750 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 grant recipients will be announced for this year at the LACC. For many years, many researchers have remained committed to determining the cause of pancreatic cancer but more and more, we’re seeing projects shift towards curing the disease. The grants that Hirshberg receive are from doctors in Internal Medicine, Pharmacology, Bio Medical Engineering, Surgery, Genomic Medicine and Radiation Oncology. The message from 53 universities is clear, patients need improved care. Early stage drug discovery, overcoming drug resistance, liquid biopsy, what promotes cancer progression and molecular imaging are additional topics under review.
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. Each Seed Grant funded is a stepping stone to saving lives.
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/nancyellin. 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.