The Middlesex County Office of Health Services and the Middlesex County Chronic Disease Coalition, in conjunction with the Edison Municipal Alliance, held on June 11 the event to raise community awareness about the disease and raise funds to aid research.
“This year's event has raised over $27,000 in donations and participant registration, that will help toward finding a cure for pancreatic cancer,” said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios, who spearheaded the event. “I can’t thank the participants enough for taking their time to help us help others. We anticipate our donations to continue increasing with our softball tournament on July 16 and continued donations.”
Rios said more than $115,000 was raised through the event over its first seven years. The funding is put toward pancreatic cancer research and clinical trials that are ongoing at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Donations directly to the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey will be accepted through the end of the year.
“For eight years now, this event has provided an opportunity to increase awareness, raise funds and educate individuals about pancreatic cancer,” said Freeholder H. James Polos, Chairperson of the Public Safety and Health Committee. “As the fourth leading cause of all cancer deaths in the U.S., the support for this event has a significant impact in overcoming a deadly disease.”
According to the National Cancer Institute, there will be an estimated 53,070 new cases of pancreatic cancer diagnosed in the U.S. in 2016. It claims about as many lives each year as breast cancer, while grappling with a much lower survival rate.
“Middlesex County’s dedication to this annual event will enable Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey physician-scientists to expand clinical trial options and precision medicine and immunotherapy research to improve the lives of those with pancreatic cancer. We are grateful to the county and its residents for their continued support,” notes Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey Foundation Chief Development Officer Joan Russo.
Lester Jones, Middlesex County Office of Health Services Director-Health Officer said: “We were very lucky to have the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey as a partner again this year. I would also like to acknowledge the Middlesex County Office of Parks and Recreation, Middlesex County Office Communication, Middlesex County Reprographics, Roosevelt Care Center, Middlesex Water, and 1450 WCTC Radio for their continued support of this cause. It is with their help that we were able to not only meet, but well exceed our goals for this year’s event”
“Middlesex County is committed to providing the highest quality of life for our residents,” said Rios. “As you can see by the number of individuals and groups supporting this event, we have outstanding partners in the community who share our goal.”
A co-ed softball tournament is scheduled for Saturday, July 16 at Warren Park in Woodbridge to help support the fundraising efforts of the Pancreatic Cancer Walk. The tournament will be managed by the County Office of Parks and Recreation. Registration and rules can be found at www.middlesexcountynj.gov
Donations to the Cancer Institute of New Jersey for pancreatic cancer research will be accepted through the end of the year. To donate and to learn more about the Pancreatic Cancer Walk, visit http://cinjfoundation.donordrive.com