Annual 5K/10K Walk/Run to be held for pancreatic cancer research

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Participants start the 2016 event. Photo/submitted

Westborough – The Westboro Tennis & Swim Club will be hosting the 8th annual 5K/10K Walk/Run Sunday, April 30, to benefit the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research.  Registration will begin at 8 a.m., with a Kids Fun Run for ages 8 and under at 9 a.m. and then the 5K/10K will begin at 9:30 a.m.  The 5K is walker and stroller friendly but the 10K is for runners only.  Kids are welcome to join the free Kids Fun Run and/or join a craft table set up by the Westboro Tennis & Swim Club.

This event brings a community together to support loved ones who are currently battling pancreatic cancer, to honor loved ones who have been taken and to admire loved ones who have survived.

According to the American Cancer Society, it is estimated that about 53,670 people (27,970 men and 25,700 women) will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2017. About 43,090 people (22,300 men and 20,790 women) will die of the disease.

Pancreatic cancer accounts for about 3 percent of all cancers in the United State and about 7 percent of all cancer deaths.

Since its inception the Westborough event has raised more than $500,000.

The volunteers organizing the event note that they are grateful for the past and present support of local businesses, volunteers and participants as the search goes on for a cure for this disease. Their hope is that this event continues to generate much needed research funds, heighten public awareness of diagnosis, treatment and prevention and one day find a cure.

To participate, volunteer, and/or support visit www.lustgarten.org or www.2017westboroughwalkrun.kintera.org. For more information, contact [email protected].