23rd Annual LA Cancer Challenge at UCLA is Sunday, October 25, 2020

LA Cancer Challenge 2019

Team Marlene

In Memory of My Mother Marlene Russo


As most of you are aware, my mother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2014. After almost four years of "treatment," she lost her tireless battle with this horrible disease last November, during Thanksgiving. It's been almost one year now since my mother's untimely death, and I miss her so much every day. While I am grateful for the time that my family and I had with mom over these last four challenging years, given the agressiveness of the disease, it still was not enough.


Thisyear, my family and I are participating once again in the Annual LA CancerChallenge 5K/10K Run/Walk, onSunday, October 21st, at UCLA. TheLACC is an important event in bringing awareness of, and support to, theHirshberg Foundation's efforts to raise money in order to fund ground-breakingcancer research, and programs designed to improve patient care and, ultimately,with the goal of finding a cure for pancreatic cancer. Through Hirshberg'sefforts, in conjunction with leading researchers at UCLA, we have made greatadvances already. 

Please consider supportingLACC and my fundraising efforts. If you live in LA, I invite youto join my family and me to run or walk for "TeamMarlene" in honor of my beloved mother.  Or, if you are unable tomake it, you can still support the cause by donating whatever is comfortablefor you. 

Ifyou  prefer to make adonation by check, please make it out to, The Hirshberg Foundation, 2990 S.Sepulveda Blvd., #300C, Los Angeles, CA. 90064. Please include my name inthe memo line of your check The foundation’s tax ID number is 954640311. 

Let's remember those whohave lost their battle with cancer, and fight for those who arecurrently battling.  I hope you will consider making a donation orjoining my team. Together we can make a difference. I want to personally thankall of you who supported me over the last four years and hope that you areable to continue participating in this mission to fight all cancers.

Pleaseknow that your prior generosity moved my mother, and provided her with hope fora cure - one day. 

With Appreciation and Gratitude,




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