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Team Marila at the 2011 LA Cancer Challenge

Erika Cervantes, Team Captain of Team Marila

 Team Marilla My mom, Marila Cervantes was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in late 2006. After she had the whipple procedure on her birthday, December 18, 2006 I wanted to do something for my mom. I wanted to make sure that she didn’t feel alone. After researching information and learning about this horrific disease, we knew we […]

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Teri Hughes with sons Sebi & Gage (right) at the 2011 LACC

Teri Hughes, Team Captain of Hughes Hugs

My dad, Paul Hughes, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in April, 2000.  He passed away less than three months later.  At 68 my dad lived a healthy life, ate well, swam, played basketball and was very active, even up until his diagnosis. We were in shock when they told us this was Stage IV with […]

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Doug Carlson starts the 2011 LACC 10K

Walk, Run & Fight Cancer alongside Doug

Doug Carlson shares his story of his battle with pancreatic cancer below. I have been battling pancreatic cancer since February of 2010. Shortly after my diagnosis, I underwent surgery with Dr. Howard Reber at UCLA. Now, I am being treated with pill-form chemotherapy to fight the cancer’s spread to the lining of my stomach—so far […]

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Allen’s Army 2011 Team Story

My stepdad was diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer in June 2010. There were no clear symptoms other than the fact that he was not feeling well and was experiencing weight loss. The doctors had initially thought it was pancreatitis, but after living with these random symptoms for four to five months, he finally received […]

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Maggie Mahoney Ellen's Angels

Maggie Mahoney, 7-Time Team Captain of Ellen’s Angels

As I sit down to reflect on my time working with the Hirshberg Foundation I am overwhelmed with many emotions. First and foremost I think of my beautiful, amazing, and inspiring, mother Ellen Mahoney, who passed away in June 2006. Her short five-month battle is the reason I got involved in the fight against pancreatic […]

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