Just before Valentine's Day 2008, Kristen and Jessica Bardwil lost their mother, Pamela Bardwil, to pancreatic cancer at the young age of 54. The following Valentine's Day, the sisters with help of their Aunt Lori (my dear friend of many years) and other close family and friends founded P.A.M.'s Run for Pancreatic Cancer Research to celebrate the legacy and spirit of Pam, who was an avid runner and active member of the Westlake Village community. Having learned about the significant research being conducted through the Lustgarten Foundation, P.A.M.'s Run joined forces with the organization to host an event that would impact the pancreatic cancer community as a whole. What started as a personal and intimate undertaking by Kristen and Jessica to honor their mother morphed into a full-blown race, complete with over a dozen corporate sponsors, live bands, a large Expo area with vendors, and a 1K race for kids to encourage family participation.
To date the Walk/Run has raised 1 Million Dollars to help fight pancreatic cancer. The Lustgarten Foundation is the largest private funder of pancreatic cancer research, and they are relentlessly focused on improving patient outcomes and are making progress every day. Thanks to separate funding to support administrative expenses, 100 percent of every donation goes directly to research. I was privileged to be their guest, with Jessica and Lori, at this year's Stand Up 2 Cancer telecast fundraiser, where the story of Patient Advocate Lidia Gonzalez, who has benefited from research by the Lustgarten Foundation, was told. It is so rewarding to see the advances made in fighting this horrible disease.
The 2019 Westlake Village Walk/Run is February 23. Join us in what promises to be a day to celebrate love, life and family and raise awareness and funds to help fight pancreatic cancer.
P.A.M.'s Run - Sign up / donate to Run/Walk here.