Rockville Centre resident Muriel Laskin will join thousands of tri-state area residents as she honors her sister by participating in The Lustgarten Foundation's 12th annual Long Island Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk. The walk will be held on Sunday, Oct. 14, at Jones Beach.
The Lustgarten Foundation is the nation's largest private foundation dedicated to funding pancreatic cancer research. Due to Cablevision's support of The Lustgarten Foundation, 100 percent of every dollar that Laskin and her fellow walkers raise will go directly to pancreatic cancer research.
When Laskin's healthy and active sister Barbara was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in late 2009, the family was in shock. Barbara passed away in March 2010 after a four-month battle.
Laskin wanted to get involved and support the foundation’s efforts to find a cure, so she joined the Long Island walk for the first time and created "Team Barbara's Footsteps." Her team continues to participate in the walk each year as an inspirational way to honor her sister’s memory.
For Laskin, it is also fulfilling to know that 100 percent of all money she raises goes directly to pancreatic cancer research.
"Muriel is one of many dedicated and determined individuals participating in the walk who has joined with The Lustgarten Foundation and Cablevision in the fight against pancreatic cancer," said Kerri Kaplan, executive director of The Lustgarten Foundation. "Pancreatic cancer is the most lethal of all cancers, and it's because of people like Muriel that we're able to continue important research about this disease so we can detect it earlier, develop better treatments, and ultimately, find a cure."
The Lustgarten Foundation's Long Island Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk at Jones Beach will begin at 9:30 a.m. with registration starting at 8 a.m. For more information about the walk and to register, please visit www.curePC.org.