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Why We Fisch: Team Go Fisch

Team Go Fisch 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. Leslie intends to beat the odds and live a long life with this “chronic condition.” She is doing and feeling well […]

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Maggie with her medal!

Why We Run: Maggie’s 1st 5K

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 […]

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Mia's Angels shirt

Why We Participate: Mia’s Angels

Mia’s Angels When 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 […]

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Betty & Jules Sandford

Why We Support: The Sandford Family

The Sandford Family 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 […]

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Why We Join the Fight: Milstein Adelman

Milstein Adelman The law offices of Milstein Adelman began working with The Hirshberg Foundation to raise money and awareness for pancreatic cancer due to our common goals. Milstein Adelman pursues litigation against pharmaceutical products that increase the risk of pancreatic cancer. When informed of The Hirshberg Foundation’s LA Cancer Challenge, the office leapt at the […]

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Why We Wear Leis: Ohana Means Family

Ohana Means Family Participating in the LA Cancer Challenge has quickly become an annual tradition for our family.  Ohana Means Family was formed in the fall of 2012 just before the passing of my grandmother, Kay Shimizu.  She was active in the community throughout her life and was probably the most selfless person I know.  […]

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Team Lana

Why We Walk: Team LANA

Team LANA On August 18, 2010 at 7:34 am, our Mother Lana took her last breath after a short two-month battle with pancreatic cancer.  She passed peacefully in her own home surrounded by her family and a mountain of love.  It was the most profound experience of all of our lives and we all felt […]

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Julie (center) and team at the 2013 LACC

Why We Run: TAZ (Team Adam Zauder)

TAZ (Team Adam Zauder) After a long, courageous and exhausting battle with pancreatic cancer, Adam Zauder passed away on December 23, 2009. He was only 51. Adam was one of those rare and special individuals who walk into your life and change it forever. I was fortunate enough to have eighteen years with him. (more…)

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Team Dedola 2013!

Why We Run: The Dedolians

The Dedolians Dedola Global Logistics began working with Ron and Agi Hirshberg 20 years ago when they owned and operated their company, Agron. We continued our relationship with the Hirshbergs when Agi and Ron’s son Jon started their next venture, JR286, and currently provide logistics and compliance services to ENIJR286. As such, we have been involved […]

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Team Chuyera 2013

Why We Run: Team Chuyera

Team Chuyera On May 5th, 2011 my aunt “Chuyera” was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. From that day on all of our lives changed forever. My aunt was one of the most beautiful and charismatic women I knew.  She was always laughing, always very welcoming, kind, and loving. She never once complained about her illness and […]

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Why We March: Martin’s Marchers

Martin’s Marchers   Our family became entangled in the fight against pancreatic cancer last June when Regina Martin received “the diagnosis.” Based on our research, we learned pancreatic cancer is essentially a death sentence. Although Regina had been energetic, vibrant & young at heart, we watched her become fatigued, have trouble breathing, and lose weight. […]

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Team Guayas 2013

Why We Wear Wings: Team Guayas

Team Guayas I am the granddaughter of Holanda Soriano, who is the inspiration and driving force behind Team Guayas.  In the spring of 2007, Holanda was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She was the gentle, soft spoken, loving and spiritual matriarch of our growing family, which at the time consisted of her 9 children, 32 grandchildren, […]

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In Memory of Beatriz Hernandez, Betty’s Boys

In loving memory of our mother Beatriz Hernandez, 1950-2012. Ricky and Franky, Betty’s Boys, will be running the 10K portion of the LACC Race with all of their will power and strength to honor the memory of their beloved mother who taught them how to be who they are today. Through her life and while […]

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In Memory of Alan Goldman, Team Slick

Team Slick Team Slick was created last year (2012) in honor of my father-in-law, Alan Goldman. He was known as Slick. He passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2011, only 17 days after he found out he had it. Our team is small but full of energy and our family always likes to remember how awesome he […]

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