The Pancreatic Cancer Association of Western New York will host Wilmot Cancer Institute board member Michael Crumb as honorary chairman for the eighth annual Step It Up! Cure Pancreatic Cancer 5K Walk & Family Fun Day on Nov. 18.
Organizers said the purpose of the event is to create awareness for the disease and generate financial support for local research as well as programs and services for patients and their families. This year’s event is scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. at Rochester Institute of Technology’s Gordon Field House, 1 Lomb Memorial Drive.
The agency hopes to raise $100,000 for pancreatic cancer research.
Crumb, retired superintendent for Spencerport Central School District, was diagnosed in January 2013 with stage 4 pancreatic cancer after experiencing digestive and intestinal issues. A CT scan found a tumor on his pancreas. Since his diagnosis, he continues a regimen of chemotherapy that has become a maintenance drug. He currently does not have signs of cancer cells in his body.
“I may be one of the luckiest people you know, because I am approaching becoming a five-year survivor,” Crumb said. ”I recently retired as superintendent of the Spencerport schools, and when I retired I said I wanted to go and try to help organizations like the Pancreatic Cancer Association in raising awareness, because I believe with more research and, of course, optimism and hope, we can find a better tomorrow for people who are stricken with this terrible disease.”
The agency’s annual 5K and fun day is geared toward the whole family.
“It is important to us that the event be family-oriented, because fighting pancreatic cancer, any cancer, is done with the support of family,” said Mary Ellen Smith, executive director. “The event is an afternoon of fun for everyone that is uplifting and hopeful.”
Smith said the day will include of activities that all ages will enjoy, including face painting, balloon animals, a bounce house, games and food. Scott Spezzano, of 98.9 The Breakfast Buzz, will serve as master of ceremonies.
This year’s event will feature a rock-’n’-roll theme, “Roc’n Purple.” Registration is requested.
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