‘Y&R’s’ Michael Muhney Doing His Part To Find Cure for Pancreatic Cancer

The Young and the Restless
"The Young and the Restless"
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On Sunday, October 27, Michael Muhney (Adam Newman, “The Young and the Restless”) will host “The 16th Annual L.A. Cancer Challenge” (LACC), which benefits the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research. This marks the sixth time the actor has hosted the event. LACC is one of Southern California’s largest and most popular charity races with thousands attending each year.

“Since my uncle’s passing, we’ve made progress in research, but we still have more to accomplish before a cure is found,” said Muhney. “I am determined to assist in any way I can to further research and eventually find a cure.”  Fans from all over the world are welcome to join Muhney’s team in the fight to find a cure by making a donation at www.lacancerchallenge.com/michaelmuhney.

In 2008 on “Y&R,” Muhney’s character’s mother, Hope Wilson (portrayed by Signy Coleman) died of pancreatic cancer, which Muhney says, “That addition to the storyline makes playing this character more meaningful and powerful.”

“Having Michael Muhney on our team makes it a little easier when we are in the ‘trenches’ creating awareness about this devastating disease,” said Lisa Manheim, event director. “We are honored to have him join us again this year and with him on our team it seems as if we are one step closer to finding a cure.”

The “Challenge” will be held at the Veteran’s Administration Grounds in Los Angeles, CA.

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Over 45,000 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the United States and nearly 38,000 will die from the disease as stated by the American Cancer Society: Cancer Facts & Figures 2013. It still has the highest mortality rate of all major cancers in the United States. Pancreatic cancer is one of the few cancers for which survival has not improved substantially for nearly 40 years. 94% of pancreatic cancer patients die within five years of diagnosis.  74% of patients die within the first year of diagnosis. For more information about pancreatic cancer, visit the Hirshberg Foundation’s website at www.pancreatic.org.

Each year, the LACC continues to flourish.  More than 5,000 men, women and children of all ages are expected to participate in the 16th Annual event; many will be dressed in festive Halloween costumes.  To date, the LACC has raised more than $4.4 million for the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research.

The public can find out more information or register for the LA Cancer Challenge by calling 310-473-5121 or by visiting www.LACancerChallenge.com. Online pre-registration is $35 for adults and $15 for kids ages 2-10 and is available until mid-night, October 4. Online late registration ($40 adults/$20 kids ages 2-10) is available until midnight, October 25. Children under 11-years-old can also register to participate in the Kids Can Cure Fun Run.

How else can you help?  Wear purple!  Show support by wearing a purple wristband embossed with the Foundation’s motto: You can hope, or you can help.  Bands are $2.00 each and are sold in packs of 10.  To make purchase or simply make a donation, please visit www.pancreatic.org or call (310) 473-5121.

About the Hirshberg Foundation: Founded in 1997, the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to advancing pancreatic cancer research, and providing information, resources and support to pancreatic cancer patients and their families.

Established by Agi Hirshberg, whose husband Ronald died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 54, the foundation includes the Ronald S. Hirshberg Translational Pancreatic Cancer Research Laboratory; the Ronald S. Hirshberg Chair in Translational Pancreatic Cancer Research; and the Hirshberg Pancreatic Cancer Information Center.

To date, the Foundation has:

  • Funded Seed Grant Award Recipients who have received $45 million dollars in NIH grants
  • Raised more than $13 million for pancreatic cancer research
  • Granted over $750,000 in financial aid for patients
  • Provided assistance to thousands of patients and their families
  • Expanded seed grant funding to Loma Linda University, City of Hope, Johns Hopkins Medical Center, Mayo Clinic, Columbia University, University of Minnesota, University of Pittsburgh and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, University of Arizona Cancer Center; University of California, Los Angeles; University of California, San Diego; University of Minnesota; University of Pittsburgh; Vanderbilt Medical School
  • Supported the American Pancreatic Association’s (APA), Japan Pancreas Society, and the European Pancreatic Club’s Annual Meetings
  • Presented the Agi Hirshberg Symposium at UCLA, focusing on research progress and patient and family education
  • Funded the creation of the Tissue Data Bank at UCLA
  • Awarded international grants to new investigators

Foundation Commitments:

  • Fund medical Symposiums for pancreatic cancer research
  • Fund seed grants for new research projects of merit for pancreatic cancer
  • Consistently update the pancreatic.org site with the latest news and information
  • Host fundraising events to raise awareness and funds for pancreatic cancer
  • Provide financial assistance for patients