The walk unites fundraisers for the Pancare Foundation

Team: Sarah Vickers, Samantha Spokes, Pancare CEO Doug Hawkins, Sheena Delaney and Jada Scarfo at the start of the walk. Photo by Jess Verhey

Last Sunday, Echuca organized its first official ‘United for Hope’ 5K pop-up fundraising walk in support of the Pancare Foundation, a leading Melbourne-based upper gastrointestinal cancer charity.

Echuca locals Jada Scarfo and Sarah Vickers joined forces last year and have been hard at work raising awareness and vital funds since they each lost a parent to pancreatic cancer in 2020.

Their tremendous efforts have been recognized by the foundation, which saw three Pancare members travel to the Twin Cities for the event, including a special appearance by Pancare CEO Doug Hawkins.

This year’s walk saw the local duo raise over $1700, with 37 participants taking part in the 5km walk along Scenic Dve.

Support came from the local community and local businesses Bryants Buds, Let’s Do Coffee, Priceline Pharmacy Echuca, Jess Verhey Photography, and Echuca Moama Signs.

Following last year’s inaugural ‘Shine the Light’ performance at Moama RSL, which raised $15,287, Jada and Sarah will be holding their next event in November.

Pancare is committed to inspiring hope, raising awareness, supporting families and funding research for cancers of the upper gastrointestinal tract, which have some of the lowest survival rates of all major cancers.

The Pancare team is dedicated to improving outcomes for people affected by cancers of the upper gastrointestinal tract, including cancers of the pancreas, liver, stomach, bile duct, and esophagus.

Together: All the runners and walkers of the Pancare Foundation. Photo by Jess Verhey

Mother and daughter: Jenny Murtagh and Sarah Vickers at the Pancare 5K Walk. Photo by Jess Verhey

Hope: Tim McNair and Jada Scarfo at the start of the event. Photo by Jess Verhey

Challenge: Jada Scarfo and Jess Spykers. Photo by Jess Verhey

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