The sound of revving engines was replaced by marching feet on Saturday, Jan. 7, as more than 400 people turned out for “John’s March Against Gastric Cancer” at Infineon Raceway.
Nearly $15,000 was raised at the inaugural event, which was dedicated to raising money and awareness for the Gastric Cancer Fund. The event was held in honor of John Cardinale, a long-time employee at Infineon Raceway, who was diagnosed with gastric cancer in March of last year.
All attendees enjoyed a symbolic ‘march’ around the 12-turn, 2.52-mile road course under sunny skies and unseasonably warm weather. Participants ranged from competitive runners to families, including children on bikes and strollers, and even a few four-legged friends.
“This cause is so close to my heart, and it’s amazing to have a great event to support this need,” said Novato’s Judy Riccio, who lost her husband John to gastric cancer in 2008. “When I lost my husband, they didn’t know much about this disease, but it’s amazing what progress they’ve made in three years. It felt good to be here today, and I felt that every step I was taking was getting us closer to a cure. It gives me hope.”
The Gastric Cancer Fund is the first organization dedicated to helping fight gastric (stomach) cancer. Although it is one of the most common cancers worldwide, it is one of the most underfunded forms of cancer research. Through education, research, support and advocacy, the organization is dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by gastric cancer.
“I’m really honored to be here and to be associated with this event,” said JP Gallagher, founder and chairman of the board of the Gastric Cancer Fund. “I’m grateful to John and everyone at Infineon Raceway for all they’ve done not only for John, but for Gastric Cancer research and for our organization. Without their support we wouldn’t be able to do what we’re doing today, so I’m incredibly inspired and really honored to be here.”
Donations can still be made in honor of this event.
Please be sure to note that this gift is in honor of “John’s March Against Gastric Cancer.”
Photos by Mike Finnegan