A local event is celebrating a decade of dedication to fighting a disease that affects tens of thousands of people every year. The Albany Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk steps off in Elm Avenue Park in Delmar Sunday. Here to talk more about it and the strides being made in pancreatic research is walk co-founder, Neil Piper.
ALBANY COUNTY, N.Y. -- A group dedicated to raising money to fund pancreatic cancer research marks a milestone this weekend. The Albany Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk for Hope is in its 10th year.
The walk will be held at Elm Avenue Park in Delmar on Sunday. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the walk steps off at 10:30 a.m.
Thanks to a corporate underwriter, all of the proceeds from this walk will go directly to research.
Organizers say it is desperately needed. Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S.
"Right now, the only way that you can really detect pancreatic cancer early is with a very expensive test, hope that your insurance will cover it. So, what Lustgarten is doing is funding a lot of research that will try to find some way of detecting cancer very early on. And make it easy to detect and do something about it," walk organizer Neil Piper said.
And it is definitely a family event. Sunday's walk will feature live music, face painting and even some costumed characters.
Kate Welshofer will also be emceeing the event and walking in support of Team 4HLW, which was formed in memory of her dad.