In memory of her father, who passed away due to pancreatic cancer, Cathy Elkus Zedd ran the Country Music Half Marathon April 30 in Nashville, Tenn., raising more than $4,600 for the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Zedd donated the money she raised to The Richard A. Elkus Gastrointestinal Oncology Research Fund at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center to further the research in detection, treatment and prevention of gastrointestinal cancers.
She raised the money by asking friends and family to donate to the fund in support of her running the half marathon and to further gastrointestinal cancer research. The Elkus family has been actively involved in supporting the Cancer Center’s gastrointestinal cancer programs, including the GI Oncology Research and Patient Care Initiative to advance these efforts to the next level.
The UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center is poised to become a national leader in the field of GI cancer research and treatment, and is one of only four institutions in the nation to hold a SPORE (Specialized Program of Research Excellence) grant in pancreatic cancer from the National Cancer Institute.
Pictured above: Cathy Zedd (left) and Leslie Byars