October 16, 2012 > Geck Trek for Pancreatic Cancer
Geck Trek for Pancreatic Cancer
Submitted By Maryanne Koller
Mark your calendars for the 2nd Annual Geck Trek for Pancreatic Cancer two-Mile Fun Run/Walk & BBQ that will take place on Sunday, October 21 at the Quarry Lakes Regional Park in Fremont. Last year, people of all ages came out on a beautiful fall day to enjoy a fun run or relaxing walk around a scenic path at Quarry Lakes with their friends and family. There was good food, great "unplugged" music, a silent auction, and a kids zone complete with games, balloon twisting, face painting, and even a cotton candy machine! And we are doing it all again this year!
The Geck Trek for Pancreatic Cancer 2 Mile Fun Run/Walk & BBQ was inspired by the extraordinary life of Pat Geck. Pat, who many in Fremont know as "Pat from Big O Tires," (across from Washington High School) was a beloved husband, father, and friend who lost his battle with Pancreatic Cancer just three weeks after diagnosis in January of 2011. Pat truly loved life and lived every day to the fullest extent. This uplifting event is the embodiment of that attitude.
Did you know that Pancreatic Cancer is the fourth leading cause of U.S. cancer deaths and has only a six percent five-year survival rate? Pancreatic cancer 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 percent of pancreatic cancer patients will die within five years of diagnosis - only six percent will survive more than five years. 74 percent of patients die within the first year of diagnosis. The average life expectancy after diagnosis with metastatic disease is just five to seven months.
By registering for the Geck Trek, you are not only participating in a fun event that gets you out and about, but you are helping 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 organization 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 the survival rate by 2020. We hope that Pat's story and the Geck Trek help to achieve this goal.
Youth (Ages 15 and under):
$20 thru October 18, 5 p.m.
$25 on the morning of the event
Adults (Ages 16 and over)
$30 thru October 18, 5 p.m.
$35 on the morning of the event
Families of four or more (immediate family only)
$20 per person thru October 18, 5 p.m.
$25 per person on the morning of the event
Sunday, October 21
10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Event Day Registration/Check-in: 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Run/Walk: 10:30 a.m.
BBQ begins immediately after Run/Walk
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.