Please Help Support My Fundraising Efforts for Pancreatic Cancer Research!
In Honor of My Mother Marlene Russo
This year, my family and I are participating in the LA Cancer Challenge 5K/10K Run/Walk on Sunday, October 30th! The LACC is an important event in bringing awareness of, and support to the Hirshberg Foundation's efforts to raise money in order to fund ground-breaking cancer research, and programs designed to improve patient care and, ultimately, with the goal of finding a cure for pancreatic cancer. Through Hirshberg's efforts, in conjunction with leading researchers at UCLA, we have made great advances already.
As most of you know, my mother Marlene Russo was diagnosed with this aggressive disease in January 2014. Here's a quick update...
It’s been almost three years now since Marlene's diagnosis of stage IV pancreatic cancer. And while I am grateful for the time that we have all had with my mom over the last three years, it has also been challenging for her, as you can imagine. Given my mother's spirit and strength, she received the Spirit Award from The National Pancreas Foundation - an important moment for us all. Most recently, my mother has been on a more aggressive form of chemotherapy and as a result, we learned just last week that the pancreatic tumor in her liver is almost static (barely growing). My mother is now considering beginning an immuno-therapy phase one clincial trial. She continues to spend time with family and friends, shopping, playing mahjong, and going out to dinner. I am thankful for each and every day we have with her, and I pray that science will advance more quickly to find a cure for this horrible and challenging disease.
Please consider supporting LACC's efforts and my fundraising. Or if you live in LA, you can join me and my family to run or walk for "Team Marlene". So please join me in person, or in spirit, on October 30th in order to remember those who have lost the battle with pancreatic cancer, and to celebrate those who are currently battling this disease. Together we can make a difference.
This cause is very important us, so I hope you will consider making a donation or joining my team. If you prefer to make a donation by check, please make it out to the Hirshberg Foundation and send to 2990 S. Sepulveda Blvd., #300C, Los Angeles, CA. 90064. Please include my name in the memo line of your check The foundation’s tax ID number is 954640311. Thank you for your consideration and support!
With Appreciation and Gratitude,
To learn more about The Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Reserach go to www.pancreatic.org
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