By Ellie Reinhardt
Through one way or another, cancer is bound to have affected someone in your life. This malignant disease deteriorates our loved ones through abnormal cell growth that can come to the point where it is impossible to stop. Luckily, we have the technology to prevent the cancer from taking over one’s body; however, most of the time, it’s too late when cancer is finally diagnosed. People may be living with it and have absolutely no idea.
Pancreatic cancer is arguably one of the most devastating cancers because there are no symptoms right away, causing diagnosis to be too late to recover from. Even worse, the cancer spreads rapidly and is usually impossible to treat. The statistics are truly mortifying: in 2018 alone, an estimated 55,440 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the U.S., and over 44,330 will die from it.
Luckily, pancreatic cancer has the Lustgarten foundation which offers many families hope. In the year 1999, The Lustgarten Foundation was created to advance the scientific and medical research related to the diagnosis, treatment, cure and prevention of pancreatic cancer by fundraising and supporting research. In addition to having a strong foundation that funds advanced scientific research, many families also serve as the heart behind the cause. Race 4 A Cure is an annual fundraiser in our community that raises awareness and funds for research but also unifies our town as a whole under one purpose. This event has raised more than $400,000 for research. Senior Devon Wolfe, who leads this fundraising event, notes, “I was 9 years old when my grandpa passed away to pancreatic cancer, but fortunately, Race 4 A Cure is a way I can honor him and try to improve the odds for the many families that will be affected in the future.”
One can find go-kart racing, bowling, and arcade games at this event as well as an open bar, music, and a buffet dinner for just a simple entry fee. 100% of every dollar is donated to the Lustgarten Foundation, which goes directly to pancreatic cancer research. Sophomore Isabelle Seelig believes, “Race 4 A Cure is more than just a way to raise money and put it towards a good cause. Rather its an event organized in order to comfort those who have been victims or family members who have been victims of this terrible cancer. It’s an amazing and fun event that I look forward to every year.”
We are sounded by devastation, whether it’s recent events on the news, or something personal to our families. Taking this sadness and transforming it into purpose is the greatest feat: it’s truly amazing to see our community come together for one cause and support the families who have lost their loved ones. It’s a way where we can honor them and still enjoy ourselves doing so. Just this past event we have raised over $150,000 for pancreatic cancer research, and plan to increase that amount by next year!