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 stayed strong through it all. On August 30th, 2011 we lost my aunt ‘Chuyera’ to pancreatic cancer. It was then that my family and I found the LA Cancer Challenge.
October 2011 was our first year participating in the LACC. It was the most gratifying experience when we all crossed that finish line, to know we had run for our aunt and so many others struggling every day with this horrible illness that claims thousands of lives each year. Pancreatic cancer is not a cancer that many people are aware of, it is usually not detected until it is too late. Running for a cure is the best feeling there is. Knowing that you are making a difference in someone’s life to raise funds for research and early detection methods is part of the reason we will continue to run the LACC each year.
~Monica Moreno, 2013 Team Captain