Alfred Gillis - Lustgarten Foundation: Pancreatic Cancer Research

Alfred Gillis

Uniting the Community in Honor of My Wife

I lost my wife Brenda four months after she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, when she was just 53 years old. Brenda was very active in the Easton community; in fact, she was famous for the Easter egg hunts she organized on our front lawn, where one year, we had more than 2,000 candy-filled eggs and countless children picking them. So, what better way to honor her memory than by starting a walk? I created the Lustgarten Walk—Easton after learning that 100 percent of every dollar goes directly to pancreatic cancer research. Our inaugural walk was beyond anything I could have ever imagined. We surpassed our goal in terms of attendance and money raised, and now I am focused on making next year even better. The time to act against this disease is now, and that’s just what the Lustgarten Foundation is doing, and I am proud to be a part of the movement.

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