DELMAR–Neil and Shari Piper with a committee have organized the 16th annual Capital District Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk to benefit The Lustgarten Foundation on Sunday, Sept. 15, at the Elm Avenue Town Park in Delmar. Registration for the walk begins at 8 a.m. Walk begins at 10:15 a.m. The goal of this annual walk is to raise awareness, and to help fund Lustgarten Foundation research, according to organizers.
The 1.2-mile handicap accessible, stroller friendly, pet friendly walk will honor the memory of those lost, by celebrating their lives and by hoping for a future that includes early detection and cure. This family- friendly event will include a pick-a-prize auction; a 50/50 raffle; a pancreatic cancer information area; face painting; purple hair extensions, music, and entertainment.
“After surpassing the milestone of having raised one million dollars last year, we are now on our way to raising another million, with every dollar supporting life-changing research,” Shari Piper told The Jewish World.
Pancreatic cancer has claimed the life of her husband Neil Piper’s mother, brother, sister and uncle.
The Pipers report that Pancreatic Cancer is more common in Jews than in the general population (1-5). According to Johns Hopkins (http://pathology.jhu.edu/pc/PartAJA.php?area=pa) this increased risk is greater in Ashkenazi Jews than it is in Sephardic Jews. A growing body of evidence suggests that a significant portion of the increased risk of pancreatic cancer in individuals of Ashkenazi Jewish descent has a genetic basis. Scientists at Johns Hopkins are actively working to identify these genes and are developing therapies that specifically target cancer cells with mutations common in pancreatic cancers in the Ashkenazi Jewish population.
Shari and Neil Piper have two adult children and are congregants of Congregation Ohav Shalom in Albany.
The Lustgarten Albany Walk registration site is www.lustgartenwalkalbany.org.