Team HF fights to raise funds for Pancreatic Cancer Research!
Tara Shanes-Hernandez, Healthy Fit Member since August 2013, organizes the Westchester Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk in memory of her mother, Gigi, who died of the deadly disease seven years ago at the young age of 52. Tara’s mom was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in May 2008 and her family was devastated to learn the statistics of this disease. Nearly 49,000 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year alone, and more than 40,000 will die of this lethal disease. Research remains grossly underfunded; in fact, only 2 percent of the National Cancer Institute’s funding is directed at this “silent killer”, the nation’s third-leading cause of cancer deaths. Gigi lost her courageous eleven-month battle with pancreatic cancer in April 2009. Her daughter, Tara, has since been embarking on a mission to fight the disease that changed her life forever. By organizing the 7th Annual Westchester Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk in Rye, Tara aims to keep Gigi’s memory alive, while raising awareness and funds to support research efforts of this deadly disease. The annual walk takes place on Sunday, April 17th, 2016, at Playland in Rye.
Since the inaugural walk in 2010, the Westchester Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk has raised more than $1.75 Million for pancreatic cancer research. The event benefits The Lustgarten Foundation, the nation’s largest private funder of pancreatic cancer research, and underscores the mission of advancing the scientific and medical research related to the diagnosis, treatment, cure and prevention of pancreatic cancer. Thanks to Cablevision’s commitment to underwrite all of The Lustgarten Foundation’s administrative expenses, 100% of every donation goes directly to pancreatic cancer research.