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Madison, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center invites the community to support pancreatic cancer patients and research efforts at the ninth annual Roll & Stroll for Pancreas Cancer.
Participants can choose from a 50K, 25K or 5K bike ride, as well as a 5K run or a 2-mile roll and stroll, which is open to walkers, scooters, wheelchairs, skateboards and dogs. Roll & Stroll will also include music, raffles, games, food and more.
All funds raised at this year’s event support pancreas cancer research and care initiatives at UW Carbone.
This is invaluable, as pancreas cancer is the third leading cause of all cancer-related deaths in Wisconsin and across the U.S. Just more than 10 percent of people live more than five years after being diagnosed with pancreas cancer, according to Dr. Jeremy Kratz, gastrointestinal medical oncologist, UW Carbone Cancer Center, and physician-scientist in the UW Center for Human Genomics and Precision Medicine.
“We work hard for our patients to give them every possible option,” Kratz said. “But the more research we can do, and the more we learn, the more options we can give those diagnosed with pancreas cancer, including earlier diagnoses and better outcomes.”
Roll & Stroll is also an amazing place for community, according to Kratz.
“Gathering survivors, caregivers, family, friends and health care teams shows everyone impacted by this disease that they are not alone,” he said. “This has become even more important since the pandemic began.”
The event is chaired by Gerianne Holzman and organized by the Pancreas Cancer Task Force, a group of volunteers dedicated to raising funds for pancreas cancer research while supporting patients throughout their cancer journey.