BETHPAGE, N.Y., April 24, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Westchester community rallied around neighbors devastated by pancreatic cancer yesterday and raised an unprecedented amount of over $900,000 for the Lustgarten Foundation's Westchester Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk, the largest amount ever raised for this event. Pancreatic cancer is the deadliest form of cancer and the least treatable with a survival rate of only 8%. Residents came together to support their friends, either battling the disease or those who have lost loved ones, to act and heal.
"I started the walk in Westchester eight years ago in honor of my beloved mother, Gigi, as I wanted to turn my grief into hope and create something positive to help others affected by this disease," said Tara Shanes-Hernandez, lead organizer of the Westchester walk. "The Westchester community's overwhelming support has not only helped us fund more research for a cure, but it has also fueled our energy to keep fighting and provided comfort for those who need to heal from their loss."
The Westchester Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk raised more than double than last year thanks to three fundraising teams. Bronxville resident Anthony Civale of Team Tony raised a record amount of over $435,000. Anthony's father, Tony, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer shortly before his 74th birthday. Team Tony has raised more than any team in the Lustgarten Foundation's history. Scott Hirsh on Team Ameriprise for Michelle lost his wife, Michelle, a few weeks ago at only 50 years old. Her last wish was to raise $150,000. Scott raised over $160,000. Soul Sisters raised over $60,000 in honor of a dear friend who is currently battling pancreatic cancer. The Westchester Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk has raised over $3 million since its inception in 2010.
One hundred percent of all funds raised goes to pancreatic cancer research.
The Westchester Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk took place on Saturday, April 23rd, at Rye Playland Park.
About the Lustgarten Foundation
The Lustgarten Foundation is America's largest private foundation dedicated to funding pancreatic cancer research. Based in Bethpage, N.Y., the Foundation supports research to find a cure for pancreatic cancer, facilitates dialogue within the medical and scientific community, and educates the public about the disease through awareness campaigns and fundraising events. Since its inception, the Lustgarten Foundation has directed $132 million to research and assembled the best scientific minds with the hope that one day, a cure can be found. Thanks to private funding, 100 percent of every dollar donated to the Foundation goes directly to pancreatic cancer research. For more information, please visit www.lustgarten.org.
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SOURCE The Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research