Residents to raise funds for inaugural Lustgarten Walk

Join us for the inaugural Lustgarten Walk – Vero Beach on Saturday, Jan. 18. Come out and capture local residents fight against pancreatic cancer at Riverside Park in Vero Beach.

Pancreatic cancer has a five-year survival rate in the single digits. This year, more than 56,000 cases will be diagnosed, and almost 46,000 people will die from pancreatic cancer in the United States. According to the American Cancer Society, nearly 3,500 Florida residents will die from this disease this year.

Florida has the second highest incidence of pancreatic cancer in the country.

In addition to uniting the community in the spirit of hope, 100 percent of the money raised goes to advancing research aimed at early detection methods, better treatments, and ultimately, a cure for pancreatic cancer. Visit to register and learn more.

Walk leader Margaret Kennedy lost her mother and her cousin to pancreatic cancer and was determined to take action in her local community. Margaret volunteered to head up the inaugural Lustgarten Walk—Vero Beach to help raise awareness and funding for this disease. Almost immediately, four additional women and a young man, all of whom have lost a loved one to pancreatic cancer, joined the committee to help lead this inaugural walk.

Margaret, along with Ann Walsh, the Lustgarten Foundation’s Regional Manager, would both be terrific people to speak with and feature.

The event will be held Jan. 18, with registration at 8:30 a.m. and the walk at 9:30 a.m. at Riverside Park, 3280 Riverside Park Dr., Vero Beach.

The Lustgarten Foundation is the largest private funder of pancreatic cancer research in the world. Based in Woodbury, N.Y., the Foundation’s mission is to cure pancreatic cancer by funding scientific and clinical research related to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of pancreatic cancer; providing research information and clinical support services to patients, caregivers and individuals at high risk; and increasing public awareness and hope for those dealing with this disease. Since its inception, Lustgarten Foundation has directed $188 million to research and has assembled the best scientific minds with the hope that one day, a cure can be found. Thanks to separate funding to support administrative expenses, 100 percent of your donation goes directly to pancreatic cancer research.

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Stella November 19, 2019

This will be a wonderful community event! Thank you, Vero News for helping us get the word out!

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