P.A.M.’s Run 5k/10k {February 12, 2011}

Brent and I (and of course the girls) will be participating in this P.A.M.’s Run and I’m hoping some of you will come support this event! Kristen and Jessica are family (Brent’s mother’s cousin’s kids) and have started an event that is fun for the whole family and a beautiful way to celebrate their mother.

This year’s event will feature Live Music, an Expo, Food and Fun for the whole family.

  • Live Music: Experience the energy, excitement, and sound of the BEATLES with NUMBER 9. Also playing is the Steve Bardwil Band.
  • Expo vendors to include: Jack FM, Don Francisco’s Gourmet Coffee, Future Track, Function Energy Drink, Chiropractic Sports Institute, Celsius Drink, Rubio’s, and many others
  • VIP Breakfast catered by Boccaccio’s for those individuals who raise a minimum of $1,000
  • Kids Corner featuring Valentine crafts donated from CVS Pharmacy in Westlake Village, The Little Gym of Thousand Oaks, a face painter and more.
  • Cupid’s Corner Photo Area

The Run/Walk will take place on Saturday February 12, 2011 at 9:00 am, beginning in the courtyard of the Westlake Village City Hall, 31200 Oak Crest Drive in Westlake Village. (Registration begins at 7:30am). For more information and to register for the event online, visit http://www.lustgarten.org/ and click P.A.M’s Run or Pancreatic Cancer Research Walks and then Westlake Village Walk/Run or call 866.789.1000.

DAUGHTERS’ LOVE ON VALENTINE’S DAY BRINGS HOPE FOR CANCER CURE

Westlake Village, CA – This Valentine’s Day weekend, two daughters will once again honor their mother with a different kind of gift – not one of flowers or chocolate – but one of remembrance and determination to make a difference for others.  On the third anniversary of Pamela Bardwil’s passing, her daughters Kristen and Jessica have joined forces with The Lustgarten Foundation, the nation’s largest private funder of pancreatic cancer research, for the 3rd Annual P.A.M.’s Run, a 5k/10k Walk/Run to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer.

Since Kristen and Jessica started P.A.M.’s Run three years ago, the event has grown from a family and friend-supported event and personal mission, to one that embraces the pancreatic cancer community at-large. The 2010 event raised more than $120,000 for research, and the organizers hope to out perform that result in 2011. Proceeds from P.A.M.’s Run 2011 will benefit The Lustgarten Foundation. Thanks to Cablevision Systems Corporation’s multi-year commitment to underwrite all of The Lustgarten Foundation’s administrative expenses, 100% of every dollar raised will go directly to pancreatic cancer research.

“We started this event because we knew that a 5k/10k race that promoted pancreatic cancer awareness while celebrating life was a perfect way to capture our mom’s energy and spirit. She had an amazing ability to connect with and inspire people, even when she was fighting her own battle,” said Jessica Bardwil. Added Kristen Bardwil, “Our mom was a long time runner with an affinity for helping others, so it’s really special to be able to share this day with so many others fighting this same battle.”

Born on June 23, 1953, Pam was an avid runner throughout her adult life, competing in countless 10k races, half-marathons and a marathon. Throughout Pam’s years in Westlake Village she became an active member of the Westlake Village community, serving on the WLMA Board, and as President of Southshore for 7 years. She also worked as Volunteer Coordinator at Casa Pacifica children’s center. At 53, she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Pam was determined to fight the disease on her own terms and continued her active lifestyle. Pam succumbed to the disease after 19 months, leaving a void in the life of the Bardwils and that of the Westlake Village community.        

“It is because of friends like Kristen and Jessica, the Bardwil family, and all of the individuals and organizations who participate at these kinds of community events, that The Lustgarten Foundation has been able to provide $38 million for leading research, in the fight against pancreatic cancer,” said Ann Walsh, Lustgarten Foundation Director of Events.  Pancreatic cancer is the 4th leading cause of cancer deaths in this country. More than 43,000 individuals will be diagnosed and nearly as many will die from it this year alone. A lack of early detection methods is one reason why the disease kills nearly all who are diagnosed. 

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