|Cardinale to lead fundraising walk in fight against stomach cancer
John Cardinale, for the second consecutive year, will lead the charge in a charitable fundraiser for stomach cancer research and awareness at Sonoma Raceway.
The long-time employee at Sonoma Raceway was diagnosed with Stage IV gastric cancer in March, 2011, and he will lead the second annual John’s March Against Stomach Cancer on Saturday, Jan. 12, at the raceway.
This unique fundraiser offers the public a chance to help raise funds for No Stomach for Cancer (www.nostomachforcancer.org) and enjoy a symbolic “march” around the raceway’s 12-turn, 2-52-mile road course.
No Stomach for Cancer is a nonprofit 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.
Stomach cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the world, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information. The American Cancer Society estimates there are 1 million new cases diagnosed in the world each year, with more than 800,000 deaths annually, yet it is one of the least-funded cancers, in terms of research.
“Research for this form of cancer is underfunded in this country, and exposure is minimal,” Cardinale said. “My mission is to make people aware of stomach cancer and to one day help find a cure. We have to end the needless suffering of so many people and their families.”
The public can participate in the event for a suggested minimum donation of $40, which will include a walk/run around the 2.52-mile road course, a T-shirt and light refreshments following the march, including water, fruit slices and other items. A shorter, less hilly course will also be available for those who cannot complete the 2.52 miles. The raceway’s Wine Country Winner's Circle will be available for those who want to take pictures before and after the march. Children and pets are welcome.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the march will begin at 10 a.m. No advance donation/registration are required; just show up the day of the event. Only cash and checks will be accepted. Checks should be made payable to No Stomach for Cancer, Inc.
Those who cannot attend but would like to make a donation in honor of this event can print and complete the John’s March Against Stomach Cancer donation form at www.nostomachforcancer.org/support-us/events and mail it with a check. All donations will be acknowledged. You may also elect to receive a NO STOMACH FOR CANCER wristband to show support.