October 18, 2011 > Trek to combat cancer
Trek to combat cancer
By Maryanne Koller
Mark you calendar for The Great Geck Trek to combat Pancreatic Cancer Sunday, October 23 at Quarry Lakes Regional Park in Fremont. This 2-mile Fun Run/Walk and BBQ is fun with a purpose. This event was inspired by the life of well-known Fremont businessman Pat Geck, husband, father and friend. A fixture at Big O Tires near Washington High School in Fremont, Pat was admitted to the emergency room on December 20, 2010 complaining of stomach pain. Just 26 days later, he died from pancreatic cancer.
Shortly after his diagnosis it became obvious that not even Pat, with all his strength, confidence, and charm, could beat this disease. On January 15, 2011 Pat lost his brief and painful battle with Pancreatic Cancer.
Pancreatic Cancer is the fourth leading cause of U.S cancer deaths and has only a 6% 5-year survival rate. It is one of the few cancers for which the survival rate has not improved substantially over nearly 40 years. Pancreatic cancer has the highest mortality rate of all major cancers. 94% of pancreatic cancer patients will die within five years of diagnosis - only 6% will survive more than five years. 75% of patients die within the first year of diagnosis. The average life expectancy after diagnosis with metastatic disease is just three to six months.
Register today for the Geck Trek to help beat this killer. Participants will not only support a worthy cause, but enjoy an event that promises a full day of outdoor fun. Kids will have a good time in the "Kids Zone" complete with balloon artists, face painters, and games; everyone will enjoy a BBQ afterwards, and can find spectacular bargains when bidding on great items at the silent auction. But, best of all, participation will be an effort in the fight against Pancreatic Cancer!
Corporate sponsorships, silent auction proceeds, and profits from the registration fees all go to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, a non-profit corporation and nationwide network of people dedicated to working together to advance research, support patients, and create hope for those affected by pancreatic cancer. The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network hopes to double that survival rate by 2020 and we hope that Pat's story and the Geck Trek helps to reach this goal.
Registration/Check-in: 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Run/Walk: 10:30 a.m.
BBQ begins immediately after Run/Walk
Kids Zone and Silent Auction will be held throughout the day
Youth (Ages 15 and under): $25
Adults (Ages 16 and over): $35
Families of 4 or more (immediate family only): $25
Sunday, Oct 23
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Quarry Lakes Regional Park
2100 Isherwood Way, Fremont
Note: Dogs are allowed on the property on leash and will require an additional fee. Please have exact change ready when paying for parking ($5/car) and dog fees ($2/dog) at the Quarry Lakes Kiosk.