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September 13, 2011 > Register for the Geck Trek to beat cancer

Register for the Geck Trek to beat cancer

Submitted By Maryanne Koller

Are you looking for something fun to do? Do you want to be active and enjoy the great outdoors? Do you want something that is all ages welcome and you can bring your dog? Do you want to help support a great cause? Well then, save the date for the Geck Trek for Pancreatic Cancer 2 Mile Fun Run/Walk and BBQ taking place Sunday October 23, 2011 at Quarry Lakes Regional Park in Fremont.

The Geck Trek for Pancreatic Cancer 2 Mile Fun Run/Walk and 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 went into the ER on December 20, 2010 with stomach pains. 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 very brief and very painful battle with Pancreatic Cancer.

Did you know that Pancreatic Cancer is the fourth leading cause of U.S cancer deaths and has only a 6% 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% 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.

By registering for the Geck Trek, you will not only participate in a fun event that gets you outdoors and about, enjoying a scenic path at the Quarry Lakes Regional Park, watching kids have fun in the "kids zone" complete with balloon artists, face painters, and games, eating good food at the BBQ afterwards, and bidding on the great items available at the silent auction, 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 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.

More information about this event can be found on our website at www.gecktrek.org.


Geck Trek
Sunday, Oct 23
Registration/Check-in 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Run/Walk starts at 10:30 a.m.
Quarry Lakes Regional Park
2100 Isherwood Way, Fremont
(510) 792-5721
www.gecktrek.org


Registration/Check-in 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Run/Walk starts at 10:30 a.m. Event Ends at 1 p.m.
BBQ begins immediately after Run/Walk
Kids Zone and Silent Auction will be held throughout the day

Register before Wednesday, October 5th to receive a T-Shirt.
Fees
Youth (Ages 15 and under)
$20 thru October 20th 5:00pm Pacific
$25 on the morning of the event

Adults (Ages 16 and over)
$30 thru October 20th 5:00pm Pacific
$35 on the morning of the event

Families of 4 or more (immediate family only)
$20 per person thru October 20th 5 p.m.
$25 on the morning of the event

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.

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