Why We Fisch: Team Go Fisch

Team Go Fisch

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Team Go Fisch was assembled by pancreatic cancer patient Leslie Fischer. Leslie was diagnosed at age 42 with stage 4 cancer in July 2013 and has been in treatment ever since.

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Leslie intends to beat the odds and live a long life with this “chronic condition.” She is doing and feeling well – working, exercising, traveling, being a mom and wife. Leslie is participating in the Cancer Challenge to share with the pancreatic cancer community that you can live with this disease, have a positive attitude and enjoy a good quality of life. She hopes to inspire more patients and survivors to participate in efforts to fund research for new treatment options and cures.

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Why We Run: Maggie’s 1st 5K

The Skinner Family at the 2013 LA Cancer Challenge

The Skinner family at the 2013 LA Cancer Challenge

The LA Cancer Challenge has been a part of my family’s lives for the last 11 years.  When our friend Mark was diagnosed in 2002 we raced in support.  Since he succumbed to the disease, we’ve raced to remember.  The race had become a proud yearly tradition. Slowly, we’ve become more involved and have gotten to know so many people in the Hirshberg organization.  The 2013 event will forever hold a special place in my heart. The day after the 2012 LA Cancer Challenge my daughter Maggie decided to get into the race that she had watched from the sideline for the first 7 years of her life.

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Why We Walk: Team Raul “Freddie” Garcia

Team Raul “Freddie” Garcia

Raul "Freddie" Garcia

Raul “Freddie” Garcia


This is my 11th straight year that I will participate in this walk for pancreatic cancer. This was also the 11th year that I lost my dad to pancreatic cancer. This horrible disease robbed a father from me at such a young age of 49 years old. My dad was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer January 2001 and passed away October 9, 2002. He fought a courageous battle. I am very sad that I have experienced such loss at a time in my life when I really need him and wish he was
here. I cannot bring him back, although I would love too. I can however help raise awareness and money to fight this disease that caused such pain and sorrow for him and us who are left behind. I will honor him this day and walk for him and all the good he done in my life and the life of others. I miss him terribly. Please help me fight for early detection, research, and ultimately a cure.

~Katrina Garcia, 2013 Team Captain

Raul "Freddie" Garcia and daughter, Katrina

Raul “Freddie” Garcia and daughter, Katrina


Why We Participate: Mia’s Angels

Mia’s Angels

Mia's AngelsWhen asked to write this brief explanation as to why I participate in the LA Cancer Challenge I was dumbfounded. Didn’t know what to do or say; except yes, sure I’ll do it. Then memories of my mother, Maria E. Sanchez, flooded my mind and tears instantaneously flooded my eyes falling down my face. My mother fought this battle from 2004-2010, beating pancreatic cancer with the help of Dr. Isacoff. She lived for her family and was ecstatic to have beaten this disease. She would later develop leukemia and succumbed to it on March 8, 2013. I participate in this great event for people like my mother, so that they can have the resources available to them that will ensure a better treatment to a disease that is unforgiving.

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I participate in the LA Cancer Challenge because I have to give back to an organization that continues to help families and their loved ones deal with this disease. I do my small part to honor my mother by forming a team every year.

~D. Topiltzin Sanchez, 2013 Team Captain


Why We Support: The Sandford Family

The Sandford Family

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The Sandford Family – four generations of women (3 to 86 years) plus one man – were joined by assorted husbands, significant others and family friends to run and walk the LA Cancer Challenge in memory of my husband Jules. All of us loved the experience! We met our goal of 20 team members and more than doubled our financial goal to raise $5,000 for developing a cure for pancreatic cure. Our wonderfully supportive friends and relatives and Jules’ partners, staff and clients demonstrated their memory of Jules, their support of the Sandford Family and their concern for ending pancreatic cancer. As the matriarch and Team Captain for the Sandford Family Team, I am grateful to all who participated and to the Hirshberg Foundation for providing the opportunity and for furthering the cause we all share.

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