MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - Over 320 participants walked or ran for a cure at the 11th Annual Pancreatic Cancer 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, June 15 at Roosevelt Park. The event was hosted by the Middlesex County Department of Public Safety and Health, Office of Health Services.

A total of $21,425 was raised from the event which will go directly to the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey.

“This event is now a promise to all those living with pancreatic cancer, and all those who have lost a loved one to the disease,” said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios at the event. “It’s a promise that no one is in this fight alone. We’re here to help each other, and to find a cure.”

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This year’s event was dedicated to two people who devoted their time and effort to past events, but sadly lost their battles with pancreatic cancer this winter: Franco Juricic, of Highland Park, and Bruce Hill, of Hopatcong, both advocates for PANCAN (the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network). Family and friends of Juricic and Hill were among the participants and speakers at the event.

“Bruce and Franco may no longer be with us, but the impact they made will live on,” Freeholder Director Rios said. “We will honor their memory though the work of our walkers, runners, and volunteers- not only today, but in the years to come.

The annual Pancreatic Cancer Co-ed Softball tournament, which raises additional funds for Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, will be held on Saturday, July 20 at Warren Park in Woodbridge at 8:30 am. Up to 14 teams can participate and sign up at http://www.middlesexcountynj.gov/About/ParksRecreation/Pages/PCSBT.aspx