EDISON, NJ—On Saturday, June 11, Middlesex County groups will hold the 8th annual 5K run and walk for pancreatic cancer awareness. 

This run or walk will also double as an opportunity to raise funds for research and to support the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey.

Participants can choose to either run or walk the certified USA Track and Field certified course. The race will be held at Roosevelt Park in Edison. Registration begins at 8:00 AM and the race will start at 9:00 AM.

In addition to the fun of running or walking the course, the Pancreatic Cancer Awareness 5K will also have refreshments and will give a T-shirt to all participants.

“Donations from our events have gone toward research and clinical trials testing new treatment methods for patients,” said County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios.

“The benefit of these trials is to increase the advancement—and effectiveness—of treatment.”

This event is sponsored by the Middlesex County Department of Public Safety and Health, County of Middlesex Board of Chosen Freeholders, Office of Health Services, The Chronic Disease Coalition of Middlesex and Union Counties, and the Edison Municipal Alliance.

Since the race started in 2009, the Pancreatic Cancer 5K run and walk raised over $110,000 for awareness, research, and support.

According to the American Cancer Institute, around “53,070 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer” during the year 2016.

To participate in the 5K, runners are encouraged to sign up in advance at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey’s website.

It costs $25.00 to register in advance and $30.00 to register in person. For the walk, it costs $15.00 per person to participate. Both teams and individuals are encouraged to register.

Reporter at New Brunswick Today