Houghtaling and Downey Support Pound the Pavement for Purple 5K


The 5th Annual Pound the Pavement for Purple 5K Run and 2 Mile Walk, co-founded by Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling and Freeholder Thomas Arnone, will return to Neptune on Saturday, Oct. 6.

Hosted in cooperation with the Township of Neptune, Neptune City, Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and with the great support of the Pound the Pavement for Purple Committee, the 5K will benefit the Lustgarten Foundation which works to advance the scientific and medical research related to the diagnosis, treatment, cure, and prevention of pancreatic cancer.

“Having been personally impacted by pancreatic cancer, I understand just how devastating and deadly that diagnosis can be,” said Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling. “This event was founded to advance pancreatic cancer research in the hopes of finding a cure once and for all. I am grateful to have watched this event grow with each passing year, allowing us to raise more and more money for this important research. We hope to make this year’s 5K the best yet.”

“There isn’t a person out there who hasn’t been impacted by cancer in one way or another,” said Assemblywoman Joann Downey. “We as a community need to do everything we can to support this lifesaving research and we are fortunate to be able to do so through this beautiful event. We look forward to walking alongside the hundreds of survivors, family members, and friends at this year’s 5K.”

Online registration for the Pound the Pavement for Purple 5K Run and 2 Mile Walk begins on Oct. 1, followed by pre-registration on Oct. 5. Entry fees are $30. On-site registration and pre-registration packet pick-up will be held Thursday, Oct. 4 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the American Legion Post 346 at 21 Gully Road in Neptune, and on race day at The Headliner.

The run will start at 10 a.m., followed by the walk at 10:15 a.m.

Awards will be given to the top three male and female overall finishers, as well as the top three male and female finishers in each age group and to the top three fundraisers.

The Lustgarten Foundation works to support Pancreatic Cancer research by increasing funding and support of research into the biological mechanisms and clinical strategies related to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of pancreatic cancer; facilitating and enhancing the dialogue among members of the medical and scientific communities about basic and clinical research efforts that relate to pancreatic cancer; heightening public awareness of pancreatic cancer diagnosis, treatment, and prevention; and providing informational support for pancreatic cancer patients, their families, and friends. Every dollar donated to the Lustgarten Foundation goes towards supporting this vital research.

In an effort to increase recognition of Pancreatic Cancer, Assemblyman Houghtaling and Assemblywoman Downey sponsored a resolution to designate November of each year as Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month in New Jersey. Now they are working with Legislators across the Country to sponsor resolutions in their states to increase national awareness of this deadly cancer.

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