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Updated: Naperville walk for pancreatic cancer research held July 17, 2022


Above / Addie Tedrow, pictured between her mother, Jen Tedrow, and Ann Zediker (left), noted the planning team gets the entire family involved. “We make it fun, and know that we are making a difference to help other people. I hope some of my friends and other kids come out because it really is a fun event.”

Updated, July 17, 2022 / Billed as “rain or shine,” this morning’s fundraiser along the Riverwalk under overcast skies welcomed teams of bright-eyed individuals, all united in the vision to educate and transform pancreatic cancer into a curable disease.

Youngsters enjoyed watching a balloon artist while others painted pictures, created bracelets and chose “washable” tattoos.
The 12th annual Lustgarten Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk began after brief opening remarks and the National Anthem.
After the ribbon was cut, hundreds of participants headed along the designated winding brick path that led back to festivities at the Riverwalk Grand Pavilion.
Equipped with bubbles, signs and cell phone cameras to help create awareness in support of pancreatic cancer research, families, friends and neighbors walked the Riverwalk for the cause.
Team Nancy was a tribute to Nancy Krejci of Naperville who lost a hard-fought battle with pancreatic cancer at age 60 on May 2, 2021.

Team Nancy attracted more than 110 teammates! And by noon, July 17, the tally from all teams and individuals for the 2022 Naperville Walk for Pancreatic Research had climbed to $110.8K, with much gratitude to all from event organizers Ann Zediker and Jen Tedrow.

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Naperville resident Ann Zediker shows great gratitude to all walkers and sponsors.

For more information or to contribute to funding in support of the Naperville event, click here.

Original Post, July 14, 2022 / The Lustgarten Foundation Naperville Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk returns to the Naperville Riverwalk Grand Pavilion Sunday morning, July 17, 2022, rain or shine.

The walk is to raise funds and awareness for the third-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S. Registration check-in begins at 8:30AM. The event kicks off at 9:45AM Sun., July 17, at the Naperville Riverwalk Grand Pavilion, 500 W. Jackson Street.

Families and friends team up for photos and to march for loved ones and a cure. (PN File Photo 2021)

Individuals and teams are welcome, according to local walk leaders Ann Zediker and Jennifer Tedrow. Pets on leashes also are welcome.

“The walk is important to me because my Grandpa passed away from pancreatic cancer,” said Addie Tedrow, another active member of the organizing team. “I want to help other families so people don’t have to go through the same thing we went through when we lost my Grandpa. Research is important so more lives are saved.”
Addie continued, “My favorite part is setting up in the morning and I’m really, really excited that Pinot’s Palette is coming again this year. Even though I’m a kid, I can still help contribute, and as I get older, I’ll be able to help out more. Even as kids, we can make a difference.”
“Both Ann, who started the walk, and I have always had our kids involved in the walk,” said Jen Tedrow. “It’s a tradition now and we hope that eventually the next generation will be able to take over. They recruit friends to come help, and it’s a busy, but fun day.”
Thinking ahead in springtime, Lustgarten Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk organizers aim for a picture-perfect day on July 19, 2022.
Volunteering instills a sense of community service and helping others, Jen Tedrow explained, “This walk is just one example of our volunteerism, but the cause is obviously very personal to us so it takes on a whole different level of importance. Our efforts are honoring my dad (the kids’ Grandpa) who we lost to pancreatic cancer.”  
Jen continued, “Ann and I are thrilled that this will be the 12th year of the walk in Naperville. We are excited to be in person and we’re going to be back better than ever this year!”

Jen Tedrow added that she supports Lustgarten because 100% of donations go directly toward fighting pancreatic cancer. “I feel strongly that this is a material way for us to fight back against this terrible disease and make a difference in honor of loved ones that we have lost as well as those who are fighting today.”

Research improves outcomes, and there just isn’t enough funding nationally for pancreatic cancer research; therefore, Lustgarten is critically important in the fight against pancreatic cancer, the organizers agreed. 

For individuals like Ann Zediker, who lost her father to pancreatic cancer, the Naperville Walk is an important opportunity to honor loved ones and to support patients currently fighting for their lives, celebrate the rare survivor, and fund research into earlier detection, better treatments and ultimately a cure.

“We only had six months with my dad after he was diagnosed,” Zediker said. “I became a walk leader because I don’t want anyone else to have to go through the devastation my family experienced. Pancreatic cancer is especially crushing because there really aren’t any warning signs until it’s too late—it’s almost always discovered after it’s spread and there is little doctors can do.”

The walk steps off along the Naperville Riverwalk with signs leading the way. (PN File Photo 2021)

To date, since 2011 the Naperville Walk has raised more than $800,000, all of which has gone to pancreatic cancer research. The current goal for the 2022 event on Sun., July 17, is $100,000.

For more information about the Naperville event, click here.
Register today at events.lustgarten.org/naperville or call 1.866.789.1000 for more information. All support is appreciated!

Lustgarten Foundation since 1998 

Lustgarten Foundation is the largest private funder of pancreatic cancer research in the world. Based in Woodbury, N.Y., the Foundation’s mission is to cure pancreatic cancer by funding scientific and clinical research related to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of pancreatic cancer; providing research information and clinical support services to patients, caregivers and individuals at high risk; and increasing public awareness and hope for those dealing with this disease.

Since its inception, the Lustgarten Foundation has directed more than $225 million to research and has assembled the best scientific minds with the hope that one day, a cure can be found. Thanks to separate funding to support administrative expenses, 100% of donations fund lifesaving pancreatic cancer research.

For more information, visit www.lustgarten.org.

Last updated, July 17, 2022


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