John's March at Sonoma Raceway Raises More than 20,000 Dollars
SONOMA, Calif. (Jan. 24, 2018) - More than 400 John's March Against Stomach Cancer participants walked and ran the Sonoma Raceway road course on Saturday at the West Coast's largest fundraising walk for No Stomach for Cancer, bringing the event's seven-year total to more than $110,000 raised for gastric cancer research and awareness.
More than 400 people turned out for the No Stomach For Cancer fundraiser (www.nostomachforcancer.org), which generated nearly $22,000 for the organization. Walkers, runners and even dogs enjoyed a spin around the 2.52-mile, 12-turn road course on foot during the event, which is held in honor of John Cardinale, the long-time Sonoma Raceway spokesman who passed away in 2013 after a two-year battle with stomach cancer.
"The passion and dedication for raising money and awareness for gastric cancer is incredibly evident at this event. It was so well attended, and it was wonderful to be able to meet people who could talk openly about their concerns with us," said No Stomach For Cancer Board Member Terri Beach, who attended John's March for the first time. "There is clearly a need for more support and research for stomach cancer, and with the help of events like this, we are getting closer to alternative treatments and care."
Participants ranged from competitive runners to families, including children on bikes and in strollers. In addition, 25 members of the Stanford Men's Rowing team hit the track, running the 10-kilometer course for the second consecutive year.
Several of the participants in John's March have been directly affected by the disease, the third most common cause of cancer deaths globally. Participants came out to honor not only Cardinale, but spouses, parents and friends who have succumbed to stomach cancer.
"John's March gives us hope that with more research, there will eventually be a cure for stomach cancer," said Novato's Judy Riccio, who has attended every John's March event in honor of her late husband John, who passed away in 2008. "It is comforting that so many people are willing to come out to support this event and fundraise for this deadly disease. It really hits home for me, and I am so grateful."
No Stomach For Cancer is a non-profit group that works to increase awareness and education about stomach cancer, provide a support network for affected families and support research efforts for screening, early detection, treatment and prevention of stomach cancer.
Donations can still be made in honor of this event at www.crowdrise.com/johnsmarch2018. Sonoma Raceway will host its 8th annual John's March Against Stomach Cancer in January 2019. For more information or to get involved, contact Diana Brennan at [email protected].