Category Archives: Fundraising

Ann Walsh with the Lustgarten Foundation

Ann Walsh, Events Director, The Lustgarten Foundation – The Fight Against Pancreatic Cancer

From day one when I was first asked to join The Lustgarten Foundation in 1998, I was – and continue to be – amazed by the tremendous determination and dedication of the tens of thousands of extraordinary people who have joined us in the fight against pancreatic cancer.

At the time, there was little understanding of pancreatic cancer, and only a handful of researchers were studying this disease. Pancreatic cancer is the nation’s most lethal cancer. The overall five-year survival rate is just 7%. There are no early detection tests, no effective long-term treatments and, unless the cancer is surgically removed in its earliest stages, no cure. Yet, only 2% of federal funding is directed toward pancreatic cancer research. To help change these facts, The Lustgarten Foundation, based in Bethpage, Long Island, was established in 1998 by Cablevision Chairman Charles Dolan and Chief Executive James Dolan in honor of former Cablevision Vice Chairman Marc Lustgarten before he died from pancreatic cancer.

Today, I am so proud that The Lustgarten Foundation has grown to become the nation’s largest private funder of pancreatic cancer research. Since its inception, the Foundation has committed more than $110 million to over 175 research projects at nearly 60 medical and research centers worldwide in support of promising pancreatic cancer research aimed at developing an early detection test, improving treatments, and finding a cure. Recently, The Lustgarten Foundation established The Lustgarten Foundation Pancreatic Cancer Research Laboratory on Long Island in partnership with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. The lab is one of the few labs in the world focused exclusively on pancreatic cancer research. And due to Cablevision’s support of The Lustgarten Foundation, 100 percent of every dollar donated to the Foundation goes directly to pancreatic cancer research.

As events director, I recall my early days at the Foundation and the beginning of The Lustgarten Foundation Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk series. That first walk took place in Long Island, attracting just over 1,000 participants and raised more than $150,000. Today, the Foundation’s walk series now takes places in more than 30 locations across the country, uniting thousands in the fight against this disease. This is in addition to nearly 300 events run by volunteers throughout the year in support of the urgent need to fund more research to find a cure.

I consider myself lucky to have said ‘yes’ when invited so many years ago to work with the Foundation. My life has been transformed. The work is incredibly rewarding. The people I meet at the Foundation’s events across the country are always so inspiring and I am deeply grateful that every day I witness the hope that research brings to so many.

I invite you to see how easy it is to get involved and to learn more at Anyone can get pancreatic cancer, that’s why we need everyone to join us in the fight. Together, we can change the facts about pancreatic cancer.

Record-Breaking $2 Mil Raised at Holiday Rock and Roll Bash to Beat Pan Can

*credit verbatim via The Lustgarten Foundation*

A Record-Breaking $2 Million Raised at Holiday Rock & Roll Bash
in Support of The Lustgarten Foundation’s Fight to
Beat Pancreatic Cancer

BETHPAGE, NY, December 4, 2014 – On Wednesday evening, December 3, Cablevision Systems Corporation, The Madison Square Garden Company, and AMC Networks hosted the fourteenth annual Holiday Rock & Roll Bash to benefit The Lustgarten Foundation, the nation’s largest nonprofit funder of pancreatic cancer research. Held at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City, the event raised $2,060,000, breaking its previous all-time fundraising record. Due to the support of Cablevision, 100 percent of every dollar raised goes directly to pancreatic cancer research.

The Holiday Rock & Roll Bash is The Lustgarten Foundation’s premier annual event, raising nearly $19 million in the fight against pancreatic cancer since it was created in 2001. More than 1,100 guests attended this year’s Bash. The evening’s entertainment included live rock-and-roll music, along with special appearances by the world-famous Radio City Rockettes and a very jolly Santa Claus.

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*credit verbatim via The Lustgarten Foundation*

Lustgarten walkathon, Paramus, NJ 9/21/14

I had the privilege of participating in the Lustgarten Foundation‘s walkathon in Paramus, New Jersey, on Sunday, September 21, 2014.  The Paramus walkathon was actually organized several years ago by Jean Weber and her family after she lost her husband, Ron, to pancreatic cancer.  They are an amazingly tight-knit family, not to mention the most wonderful, down-to-earth bunch of people you’ll ever meet in your life.  What they do to raise funds in the fight against pancreatic cancer, as well the awareness they create, is simply amazing!

It was a wonderful yet bittersweet morning.  Family and friends were united as they walked in honor of their lost loved ones.  More importantly, nothing is as inspiring as seeing survivors of pancreatic cancer march out to lead the long line of walkers.

The long line of walkers.

It struck me – as beautiful as the event was, the line of walkers was simply too long.  Far too many people have lost their lives to this disease; far too many families shattered, left struggling for answers, left struggling to make sense of it all.

Of course, my father was on my mind, and I could feel my throat growing tighter as I soaked everything in around me.  But then my daughter held my hand, proudly sporting a peel-on tattoo she’d received on her arm from the children’s tent area.  She joyfully chattered about getting a pony ride as well.  Her laughter, as well the many warm smiles from people surrounding me, reminded me of one thing: eventually the sadness and grief numbs; the love – that will always remain.

It became a stirring day.

My hope is that for next year, the line of walkers is just a few people shorter…

~ Joseph A. Pinto


Jess’ fight with Pancreatic Cancer


*credit: MYG Events via Facebook*

Jessica (Jess) is 6 years old and lives in Meopham, Kent with her mum Natalie and brother Kieran, aged 7.

Until a few weeks ago Jess was a very happy-go-lucky girl with an amazing zest for life, who had been enjoying her Summer holidays with her family.

After suffering some tummy aches, Natalie took Jess to the GP and days later her family were given the truly devastating news that Jess, in fact, had a tumour. She was then diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer which is extremely rare for a child, especially of her age.

She is now undergoing chemotherapy treatment at The Royal Marsden Hospital where they hope to shrink the tumour enough so that they can operate.

It is absolutely heartbreaking that Jess and her family are having to go through this and we would like to support them in any way we can.

Jess’s happy list includes :

Visiting Father Christmas in Lapland
Swimming with dolphins
Going to Disneyland

Please pray for Jess and help us raise vital funds that will be critical for her and her family in the coming months. The total devastation inflicted on this beautiful family from this cruel disease will be far-reaching and so if you are able to donate, we would be forever grateful.

Let’s not also forget the effect that this will have on Kieran, who is only 7 himself and needs all the love and support we can give him.

Finally – to Natalie and all your family, we are all here for you, please just concentrate on getting that little girl better, and we hope to see you all back home, where you belong, very soon.

Thank you for taking the time to read this, we really appreciate every donation.

Love to you all.


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