For immediate release by:                                                              
Lester Jones, Director-Health Officer                       
Middlesex County Office of Health Services    
May 8, 2014                                                                                                                           

Contact:
John Dowd, Health Educator Risk Communicator
Middlesex County Office of Health Services
732-745-3135
john.dowd@co.middlesex.nj.us

Walk and Softball Tournament
To Benefit Pancreatic Cancer Research

The Middlesex County Department of Public Safety and Health, Office of Health Services, along with the County of Middlesex Board of Chosen Freeholders, The Chronic Disease Coalition of Middlesex and Union Counties, and The Edison Municipal Alliance are sponsoring:

The 6th Annual Pancreatic Cancer Walk on Saturday, May 31, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the lake in Roosevelt Park, Route 1, Edison, New Jersey.
(Directions - http://co.middlesex.nj.us/parksrecreation/roosevelt.asp)

The walk is being held to raise community awareness about pancreatic cancer; to raise funds to aid in research; and to support the work being done by the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey to find a cure.

Individuals and teams are welcome to join the event. Registration is $15 per person and donations are encouraged. All proceeds will benefit pancreatic cancer research at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey.

To register for the walk visit: http://cinjfoundation.donordrive.com/event/pancwalk2014

Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios said: “Over the past five years, Middlesex County and our partners have raised more than $62,000 to benefit pancreatic cancer research at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey.”

Freeholder Rios added: “Funding from previous events has been put toward a pancreatic cancer clinical trial that tests the effectiveness of new vaccine combinations and immune response. Through continued contributions to research, and the more we learn about pancreatic cancer, we can provide more support to people and families affected by this devastating disease.”
Freeholder H. James Polos, Chairperson, Public Safety and Health Committee, stated: “I would like to invite everyone to Walk with Us to Find a Cure.  This event provides an opportunity to continue to increase awareness, raise funds, and educate individuals about pancreatic cancer.” 

Lester Jones, Middlesex County Office of Health Services Director-Health Officer said: “We are very lucky to have the Cancer Institute of New Jersey as a partner again this year.  I would also like to acknowledge the Board of Chosen Freeholders, the Middlesex Union County Chronic Disease Coalition, the Edison Municipal Alliance and the Middlesex County Office of Parks and Recreation for their the continued support for this cause.”

For more information about the walk, contact Pat Kukulski at 732-745-3131 or by email at pat.kukulski@co.middlesex.nj.us.
If you do not get a chance to attend the walk, you can bring your team to participate in the Co-Ed Softball Tournament on Sunday, June 8, starting at 8:30 a.m., at Warren Park in Woodbridge. (Directions - http://co.middlesex.nj.us/parksrecreation/warren.asp)

Space is limited. There is a three-game guarantee.

Suggested donation is $250 per team. All proceeds will benefit pancreatic cancer research at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey.
Registration and rules can be found by visiting:           
http://co.middlesex.nj.us/parksrecreation/organized_sports.asp


For more information about the tournament, call 732-745-4484 or 732-745-4222, or email: tracie.reed@co.middlesex.nj.us or erin.drakoulis@co.middlesex.nj.us

Softball tournament rain date is Sunday, June 29.

 

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