Help Team GWEKOS fight Pancreatic Cancer
Dear Friends and Family,
25th LA Cancer Challenge - 5K Run/Walk
* Sunday 23rd October 2022 *
NEVER GIVE UP!
JOIN Team G.W.E.K.O.S.
Geske. Winston. Especially. Kayton. Or. Serber
Please give ANY amount that feels right.
Eradicate a terrible disease.
If you prefer not to register on our team your support is still welcome.
Every dollar is meaningful and deeply appreciated.
Your gift to the annual LACC 5K supports the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research to fund seed grants. In partnership with top UCLA doctors they work to improve patient care, offer better treatment options and to find a cure for pancreatic cancer.
We walk and run to honor their memory:
· Howard H. Kayton (z"l) - our beloved stepfather, sharp-witted actuary, and mensch;
· Felice Kurtzman (z"l) - daughter, nutritionist, mother, sister, aunt, wife;
· Howard Pilch (z"l) - pillar of TBA-LA Community, devoted to family.
· Ruth Bader Ginsberg (z"l) - notoriously needs no introduction;
· Aretha Franklin - R.E.S.P.E.C.T. for the Queen of Soul;
· John Lewis - about his stage IV diagnosis, "I have been in some kind of fight – for freedom, equality, basic human rights – for nearly my entire life. I have never faced a fight quite like the one I have now."
· Alex Trebek - Jeopardy icon, forever in our hearts.
· Willie Garson - Gem of Sex and the City, And Just Like That and many other roles.
Pancreatic Cancer doesn't discriminate! Pancreatic cancer claims the lives of ALL its patients, but it doesn't define their essence. Each person listed touched lives — with unique kindness, generosity, wisdom, laughter and love.
THE HARD FACTS:
- Pancreatic cancer has the worst survival rate of all common cancers. 1 in 4 people facing a pancreatic cancer diagnosis will die within a month and 3 in 4 within one year. Survival estimates show that less than 7% of people affected will live 5 years.
- Compared with many other cancers, the combined 5-year survival rate for pancreatic cancer— the percentage of all patients who live five years after diagnosis— is 5-10% because most are diagnosed late, at Stage IV, when the disease has metastasized.
- The incidence of pancreatic cancer is higher in African Americans than in any other racial group in the U.S. The age-adjusted incidence rate for Blacks is 15.9 per 100,000 people, while for Whites it is 13.4 per 100,000.
Howard was strong and healthy. He fought a year from his diagnosis in Aug. 2010 and his soul was released from suffering on Sunday, Sept 4, 2011.
I can still 'see' Howard's sparkling smile and 'hear' his voice clearly. He visits me in my dreams, or as I go about my day:
"Hey Stace' how's it goin'?!"
I'll walk for 11th time and salute Howard's mitzvot (acts of goodness), character, and lifetime of service.
Look for our team 2 minutes, 11 seconds into this video:
YOU CAN HOPE, OR YOU CAN HELP!
Stacey E. Serber
GWEKOS Team Captain
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