Forest Hills resident Jerika Giwner will join thousands of residents from the five boroughs, Long Island and beyond this weekend to take part in the Lustgarten Foundation’s 13th annual pancreatic cancer research walk.
Giwner will take part in the event, which will be held on Oct. 13 at Jones Beach, to honor her father, who was diagnosed with the disease 11 years ago.
Her grandmother had previously died from pancreatic cancer and, in 2002, her father found out that he also had the disease. He died after a six-month battle.
Giwner will walk for the seventh time this year in the Long Island event with family and friends, who are members of team “No Factor.”
She said that participating in the walk is an inspirational way to honor her father’s memory. All of the money she raises will go directly to pancreatic cancer research.
“We are deeply grateful for Jerika’s devotion to the fight against pancreatic cancer in honor of her father,” said Kerri Kaplan, executive director for the Lustgarten Foundation, which is the nation’s largest private foundation dedicated to funding pancreatic cancer research. “Research offers hope that one day early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer will require nothing more than a routine blood test and that better treatments can be found, eventually leading to a cure.”
Registration for the event begins at 8 a.m. and the walk will commence at 9:30 a.m.
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