MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - 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 8th Annual Pancreatic Cancer 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, June 11 at 9 a.m. at Roosevelt Park, in Edison.  Registration begins at 8 a.m.

The event 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.

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Individuals and teams are welcome to join the event. Registration for the 5K run is $25 online and $30 the day of the race per participant. For the walk, registration is $15. Donations are encouraged. All proceeds will benefit pancreatic cancer research at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey.

To register for the run or walk visit: www.cinjfoundation.donordrive.com/event/pancwalk2016

Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios said: “From 2009 through 2015, Middlesex County raised more than $110,000 to benefit pancreatic cancer research at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, located in New Brunswick.”

Freeholder Rios added: “Donations from our events have gone toward research and clinical trials testing new treatment methods for patients.  The benefit of these trials is to increase the advancement —and effectiveness — of treatment.”

Freeholder H. James Polos, Chairperson, Public Safety and Health Committee, stated: “I would like to invite everyone to Walk or Run 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 Rutgers 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.