Thousands walk at Jones Beach to fight pancreatic cancer

Posted: Updated:
WANTAGH -

Thousands turned out at Jones Beach Sunday to take part in the annual Lustgarten Foundation Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk.

The rain didn't stop people from taking steps to push for earlier detection, better treatment and a cure for the disease, which often goes undetected until it's in its advanced stages.

"By the time they tell you you have pancreatic cancer, they also say it's too late to help you and that's unacceptable," says researcher David Tuveson.

Pancreatic cancer is typically detected at stage 4. One of the Lustgarten Foundation's goals is finding a reliable test for the disease.

"We need an early detection test," says Kerri Kaplan, of the Lustgarten Foundation. "People are saved every day because they have a PSA test or a mammogram. We are working so hard on a test like that for pancreatic cancer."

Attendee Nancy Dintenfass is a part of a small group of pancreatic cancer survivors. Dintenfass is a doctor who was able to catch it at stage 3, earlier than most. She's been in remission for nearly two years.

"It's a rocky journey but hang in there, that's what I tell people. I'm hanging in there," she says.

Other people who took part Sunday have lost loved ones to pancreatic cancer.

The Lustgarten Foundation's goal is to raise $1 million for research. Sunday's donations were still being counted, but at last check, the organization had received more than $860,000.

  • SlideshowsGalleriesMore>>

  • 2019 Fleet Week New York

    2019 Fleet Week New York

    Fleet Week New York started May 22. This year marks the 31st annual event that features a week filled of activities, themed events and live demonstrations.Fleet Week New York started May 22. This year marks the 31st annual event that features a week filled of activities, themed events and live demonstrations.
    Fleet Week New York started May 22. This year marks the 31st annual event that features a week filled of activities, themed events and live demonstrations.Fleet Week New York started May 22. This year marks the 31st annual event that features a week filled of activities, themed events and live demonstrations.
    Fleet Week New York started May 22. This year marks the 31st annual event that features a week filled of activities, themed events and live demonstrations.
    Fleet Week New York started May 22. This year marks the 31st annual event that features a week filled of activities, themed events and live demonstrations.
  • 2019 PGA Championship Photos

    2019 PGA Championship Photos

    Are you attending the PGA Championship?  News 12 wants to see your photos!
    Are you attending the PGA Championship?  News 12 wants to see your photos!
  • Dog Day Fridays for May 17

    Dog Day Fridays for May 17

    Friday, May 17 2019 11:13 AM EDT2019-05-17 15:13:26 GMT
    Scruff is a cute little girl looking for love! This shaggy dog came from Puerto Rico and is ready for a whole new life. She would do well in a home with other dogs, children of any age, and can even live amongst cats.Scruff is a cute little girl looking for love! This shaggy dog came from Puerto Rico and is ready for a whole new life. She would do well in a home with other dogs, children of any age, and can even live amongst cats.
    Scruff is a cute little girl looking for love! This shaggy dog came from Puerto Rico and is ready for a whole new life. She would do well in a home with other dogs, children of any age, and can even live amongst cats.Scruff is a cute little girl looking for love! This shaggy dog came from Puerto Rico and is ready for a whole new life. She would do well in a home with other dogs, children of any age, and can even live amongst cats.
    This week's pets are up for adoption at Southampton Animal Shelter. The shelter is located at 102 Old Riverhead Road West in Hampton Bays. Their phone number is 631-728-7387.
    This week's pets are up for adoption at Southampton Animal Shelter. The shelter is located at 102 Old Riverhead Road West in Hampton Bays. Their phone number is 631-728-7387.
sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."