Walking for pancreatic cancer

THE Avner Foundation’s annual “Put Your Foot Down Walks” will be held across the country in November to raise funds for medical research into pancreatic cancer.

2014 marks the fourth year the five-kilometre walk will be held in Hobart.

This year’s event will start at Sandown Park in Lower Sandy Bay on Sunday 2 November from 10am.

Wrest Point Casino will light its tower in purple in the week prior to the walk.

The Avner Foundation was founded by former Tasmanian resident Avner Nahmani who was diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer in September 2007.

During the 13 months that followed his diagnosis, Mr Nahmani discovered that average survival rates were measured in months, that there was a 95 per cent likelihood of not surviving beyond five years and that these statistics had not improved significantly in more than 40 years.

Wanting to make a difference, Mr Nahmani and his wife Caroline, along with the support of friends, family and colleagues, set up Avner’s Fund, which in 2010 became the Avner Nahmani Pancreatic Cancer Foundation.

The foundation’s vision is to double the number of pancreatic cancer survivors by 2020.

More than $4.6 million has been raised since the foundation was launched in 2008.

To register for walk, or for more information, go to www.avnersfoundation.org.au or visit the foundation’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AvnersFoundation.

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