MONTVILLE, NJ – Montville resident and adrenal cancer survivor Linda Gannon sponsored the area’s fourth annual ACC C.U.R.E. “Run 4 a Cure” April 24 at Verona Park.
Proceeds from the race/walk fundraiser go to funding research to cure adrenal cancer. ACC C.U.R.E. stands for Adrenocortical Carcinoma: Crusade Until a Resolution Exists. The nonprofit organization was founded in 2012 by Gannon’s family. Gannon was diagnosed in 2009, but was able to beat the disease.
“ACC is an extremely rare and deadly form of cancer, affecting only 1-2 people per million worldwide,” says Gannon. “Often there are no physical symptoms of the disease in adults, making it very difficult to diagnose. Adrenal tumors appear on CT scans or MRIs that are typically done for a different reason. ACC is extremely aggressive and can spread very rapidly. The rarity of adrenal cancer means that many physicians are not familiar with it and therefore are unsure of how to treat it.”
The run/walk raised more than $45,000, which will be donated to the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, the hub of adrenal cancer research in the United States and one of the top adrenal cancer research sites in the world, according to Gannon.
“They specialize in adrenal cancer and are making outstanding efforts to understand and treat this rare disease,” she said. “It’s where I was treated.”
To date, ACC C.U.R.E. has raised more than $150,000, all of which has gone directly to research and raising awareness of the disease, said Gannon.
For more information about adrenal cancer and ACC C.U.R.E., please go to http://www.acccure.org/.