COLUMBUS, Georgia (WRBL) — November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. Fittingly, the Lola Strong Cares Foundation will soon be hosting the 2nd Annual 5K Pancreatic Cancer Walk in Columbus. The event will take place Nov. 12 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Spencer High School Sports Complex, located at 1000 Fort Benning Road. There is no limit to the number of people who can participate.
According to Ashlee Griffin, founder of the Lola Strong Cares Foundation, the goals of the walk are to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer and to honor those who fight or have fought the disease, especially her mother, who died of pancreatic cancer in June. 17, 2021.
“We’ll have music there,” Griffin said. “We have gifts. The sheriff’s office will be there with the game truck. And we’re going to have other organizations there like West [Central] Georgia Cancer Coalition Center. They will have community resources.
Griffin encouraged attendees to wear purple and said a photographer would be present at the event.
People completed the march quickly last year, she said. This year’s walk will be on a track.
Although the event is free and open to the community, donations to https://www.thelolastrongcaresfoundation.org are strongly encouraged. Click here to register for this event. Attendees can also register for the event in person, but Griffin said online registration is more efficient.
Griffin started the Lola Strong Cares Foundation in 2018, but it was officially incorporated and became a 501c3 nonprofit in June 2021, she said in a press release. Griffin came up with the idea because she was unaware of pancreatic cancer until her mother was diagnosed with it. Griffin named the foundation after his mother.
In 2018, after her mother’s diagnosis, Griffin started a fundraiser for a pancreatic t-shirt to help pay for her mother’s expenses. She ended up raising $4,000. Griffin felt encouraged by the support she received.
“People were ordering shirts, taking photos and posting with the hashtag #lolastrong,” she said.
Griffin hosted another fundraiser in 2020, raising $1,500, which she donated to the John B. Amos Cancer Center, where her mother received most of her cancer care.
“I decided I wanted to start my own organization to help pancreatic cancer patients in their fight to honor my mother, who was an avid donor,” she said. “As a brand new organization, I haven’t received much funding yet, but I know that if I continue to push and raise awareness, I will be able to help not only pancreatic cancer patients, but also other cancer patients.”
For more information about the Lola Strong Cares Foundation, visit http://www.thelolastrongcaresfoundation.org.