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Read about my journey with the Lustgarten annual pancreatic cancer research walk. With photos and videos.
October is a big month for cancer research walks, especially since it is breast cancer awareness month. It’s also a big month for me, as my family and friends participated with me in the Lustgarten Pancreatic Research Foundation Walk on this past Sunday (October 6).
WE CAN EACH MAKE A DIFFERENCE. It is up to us to support more cancer research.
The October walk is Lustgarten’s largest fundraiser of the year. With thousands of walkers and nearly $1 million raised. 100% of funds raised go to research because all of Lustgarten’s administrative costs are paid by a private donor.
Before sharing a few photos and video clips, let me describe my feelings about the walk.
Although my Whipple surgery was in February 2015, this was my first walk. So I was both excited and nervous.
My fundraising efforts were throughTeam Joel. Our team was supported by more than 70 donors. And we raised $5,400.
Team Joel had 14 walkers.
Somehow or other, the cameras found me. I appeared in a News 12 Long Island TV clip. And because I was asked to do the ribbon cutting, I got featured online by Newsday.
I was disappointed that I was only able to walk the 1 mile course rather than the 3 mile course. Once again I am reminded of a Clint Eastwood quote: “A man has to know his limitations.” And I have to always accept my “new normal.” I gave myself a 15 minute pity party; and then I returned to my usual “live life every day” and “live as long as you as well as you can.”
Last, but not least, I want to thank all of the donors to Team Joel and those who walked with me.