Ronald Edwards Foley
October 10, 1945 -
October 7, 2005
The idea of making "Ron's Run" an annual fund raising event came about during a wonderful gathering of Ron's extended family at the beach on Kentucky Derby day 2008. Enveloped in the heavenly scent of barbeque brisket, we donned any crazy hat we could find and placed our bets. It was not unusual for our family to celebrate race day, as my parents loved everything about horseracing, especially the Triple Crown. And Ron, being Ron, loved to create special moments. Kate Allison, the lucky winner that day, proceeded to donate her earnings to the National Pancreas Foundation in memory of Ron, and we were off!
The Ron Foley Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, Inc., ("the Foundation") was granted 501(c)(3) status in 2010.
Our mission is:
- to promote public awareness of the terrible pain, suffering and loss caused by pancreatic cancer so that early detection will become a widely shared priority;
- to assist in the development of a local network providing information, contacts, shared experiences and other forms of necessary support to those suffering from pancreatic cancer and their family members;
- to raise funds for medical research leading to more effective treatment of pancreatic cancer.