NEWTOWN, Pa. — A Love For Life, Penn Medicine’s largest donor to pancreatic cancer research, celebrated its 10th anniversary in April — the same day it hit its one million dollar fundraising milestone .

The feat also falls on the same day in 2012, April 10, that Kevin, the husband of founder Christine Edmond, died. She and her family launched the nonprofit shortly after with a mission to help find a cure for pancreatic cancer “while celebrating life, friendship and adventure along the way. “.

Kevin and his sister Nora were both diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at 49 and died at 51.

“Over the past 10 years, I’ve had a great relationship with the doctors at Abramson Cancer Center,” Edmonds said. “In fact, Dr. Ben Stanger, Head of Pancreas Research at UPenn, and Dr. Mark O’Hara, member of the Research Department, are active participants in our fundraising events and have been tremendously supportive, and that means the world us.”

The five-year survival rate has increased significantly since his family members were diagnosed, according to a news release.

“Ten years later, we have succeeded in doubling [the] number at 11%, but it’s still a difficult diagnosis to receive,” she said. “Although the new developments will not help those we have loved and lost, we hope we can improve the results for patients with pancreatic cancer. diagnosis today, and those who will face this challenge in the future. Our wish is to one day find a cure for this cancer, but in the meantime, we want patients to have a better chance of survival and a better quality of life.”

Bucks area residents and business owners have helped A Love For Life reach this day.

Over the past 10 years, the community has come together to create, donate,

and take part in annual events such as:

  • 3M Austin Half Marathon: Four Newtown residents fly to Texas each year for this January race, sporting ALFL t-shirts, to raise funds.
  • Newtown Shamrock Shuffle 5K partners with the ALFL: Over 600 runners, many wearing green or purple tutus, run through Newtown to raise money and awareness of the ALFL.
  • Serving Up A Love for Life Tennis Benefit at the Northampton Tennis and Fitness Club in Richboro: Players and sponsors including Luxe Pro Shop of Newtown, RE/MAX Realtor and John Kennedy Ford of Feasterville raised $8,500 in March.
  • ALFL Dragon Boats that compete in the Philadelphia International Dragon Boat Race: raise thousands of dollars each year. The race has been canceled since 2020 due to the pandemic, but is expected to resume this year.
  • Annual sponsors include Beneficial Bank, Groundswell Design Group, Newtown Hardware House, Elle Kaplan True Yoga, SurroundCycle and over 50 other companies.
  • Oktoberfest with food donated by DiBruno Brothers, beer by Warsteiner USA and gummy bears by Haribo raised over $10,000 in 2019; stay tuned for the post-pandemic Oktoberfest in October 2022.

The community also came together for A Love For Life through smaller one-time fundraising events including: yoga classes, 5Ks, bike trips, cookie sales, shopping days , lemonade stands, charity dinners, karaoke nights, wine tastings, art auctions, tennis performances, garage sales, dance parties, jewelry sales, plant sales, coffee sales , music concerts, movie nights, birthday and wedding gifts, etc.

“For every fundraising event, large and small, 100% of funds raised went to the Abramson Cancer Center at Penn Medicine, a world leader in cancer research, diagnosis, personalized treatment and patient care. “, Edmonds said. “Throughout his patient journey, Kevin has received exceptional care from their team.”

She added, “I know Kevin is smiling at me and our kids today — and all the friendships made and adventures we’ve had along the way. Today is a bittersweet milestone, but of which we are all very proud.”

Those wishing to support A Love for Life can do so online.

Be the first to know what’s happening in Newtown when you subscribe to Patch.