Stephanie Family Team

by Stephanie Rivera

Supporting: 2022 5.44K - Be a Cancer Hero for Lazarex Cancer Foundation

Cancer affects so many.  It has hit my family in so many ways.   My dear Grandfather, Paul Rivera Sr., who lost his battle with prostate cancer in December 1997.  He was a hard worker who lived the hard life of a migrant and later a seasonal farmworker.  He taught me a lot about the work ethic of always working hard no matter what and that you can change your life no matter at any age.  My dear Tia Esther passed away January 2019 from cancer.  She fought a long and hard battle and through it all had faith and always always kept her love for her family and friends.  My sister in law Mattie, passed away in May 1997 of breast cancer.  She was so young.  

I am happy to say that my new love Billy is a cancer survivor two times!  His survival story is one of courage, strength and resilience as he was given a clean bill of health from one cancer diagnosis and the 2nd cancer diagnosis at the same doctors visit!!!!

When my dear Tia Esther was ill her daughter, my cousin Alicia, who we all call Chena, was diagnosed with cervical cancer.  She too is a survivor!  She fought cancer and beat it!  

I walk in honor of those in my life who I loved dearly and I carry in my heart to this day.  I walk in honor of Grandpa, Tia Esther, Mattie, who I miss terribly.

I walk in honor of Billy who fought cancer in the face of Covid.  I walk in honor of my cousin Chena.

Please join me in fighting cancer by donating towards my walk.  The donations will go towards our programs such as the Cancer Wellness Hubs serving our most vulnerable to include screening education and referral information in case other items are needed such as food.  The donations will also go towards patient services where we are able to assist patients who are in cancer clinical trials and need financial assistance in their travel to clinical trials.  

Any amount is appreciated!  I thank you in advance!  


Choose REGISTER TODAY to register for the Lazarex 5.44K anywhere you like. You can register multiple participants during this process.  If you are interested in starting a team, click on Fundraise for Us.

Choose FUNDRAISE FOR US to create your own fundraising page to raise money for Lazarex Cancer Foundation (in addition to, or in lieu of, participating in the 5.44K). Fundraising is not required but it is appreciated! You will need to go back to the "Register Today" tab to register if you are participating in the 5.44K.. Friends and family will be able to join your fundraiser by searching for you or by joining you during the registration process.

PLEASE NOTE: Packets for sign ups after April 14 are still being mailed out. 

   Donations will be accepted through May 23rd.

If you like to register to do a 5.44K please contact [email protected]

The Lazarex 5.44K is a fundraising activity (walk, run, cycle, swim, etc.) that you can do anywhere, in your neighborhood. DON'T LET SOCIAL DISTANCING GET YOU DOWN!  The 5.44K is a great way to be active and contribute to a great cause! Help cancer patients continue to travel to their treatments for the best outcome possible. WHY 5.44K? We chose 5.44K (3.38 miles) because our patients travel an average of 544 miles RT for their cancer treatments.  Your participation will raise funds for the programs and patients of Lazarex Cancer Foundation

REASONS TO DO THE Lazarex 5.44K: Especially now we need to ensure that the cancer patients we serve can continue to afford to get to their treatments. Lazarex eases the financial burden of the out of pocket costs for travel to clinical trials for each patient. We rely on public funding to be able to provide this service.

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