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Dr. David Tuveson serves jointly as director of (Credit: Ben Asen)

Dr. David Tuveson serves jointly as director of the Lustgarten Foundation Pancreatic Cancer Research Laboratory at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, which opened in November 2012, and research director for The Lustgarten Foundation. His chief mission is to find a cure for the deadly disease. (May 2013)

Fighting cancer a personal issue

Since its inception in 1998, The Lustgarten Foundation -- a nonprofit that is the country's largest private foundation dedicated to funding pancreatic cancer research -- has devoted more than $65 million to more than 175 research projects at more than 50 medical and research centers worldwide.

Dr. David Tuveson serves jointly as director of
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Dr. David Tuveson serves jointly as director of the Lustgarten Foundation Pancreatic Cancer Research Laboratory at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, which opened in November 2012, and research director for The Lustgarten Foundation. His chief mission is to find a cure for the deadly disease. (May 2013)

The Lustgarten Foundation's 12th annual Long Island Pancreatic
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The Lustgarten Foundation's 12th annual Long Island Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk took place at Jones Beach in Wantagh. The 2013 walk will be held there again on Oct. 13. (Oct. 14, 2012)

At an educational session held in May, Dr.
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At an educational session held in May, Dr. Vincenzo Corbo explains research advancements to attendee Ashley Talve at The Lustgarten Foundation Pancreatic Cancer Research Lab at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. (May 2013)

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Actress Felicity Huffman is featured in a Lustgarten
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Actress Felicity Huffman is featured in a Lustgarten Foundation public service announcement.

Grace and Marielle Lafaire join Becky Broxmeyer, center,
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Grace and Marielle Lafaire join Becky Broxmeyer, center, at the fashion show Becky helped organize. The event raised $150,000 for The Lustgarten Foundation, and every dollar went directly to research because Cablevision underwrites the foundation's administrative costs. (2011)

From left, Madeline, Rose, Antonio, Lisa, Anthony, Daniela
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From left, Madeline, Rose, Antonio, Lisa, Anthony, Daniela and Frank Di Caro have raised $4,000 for pancreatic cancer research through their annual lemonade stand and garage sale for The Lustgarten Foundation.

More than 200 volunteers came together to help
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More than 200 volunteers came together to help support more than 7,000 walkers at last year's Lustgarten Foundation Long Island Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk at Jones Beach. (Oct. 14, 2012)

More than 200 volunteers came together to help
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More than 200 volunteers came together to help support more than 7,000 walkers at last year's Lustgarten Foundation Long Island Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk at Jones Beach. (Oct. 14, 2012)

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Agatha Bernardo, 31, of Merrick, holds a photo
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Agatha Bernardo, 31, of Merrick, holds a photo of her mother, Maria Bernardo. She joined a nationwide curePC public awareness campaign created by The Lustgarten Foundation and Cablevision after her mother, 62, died of pancreatic cancer in October 2011. (Aug 30, 2013)

Paul Forman, 53, of Farmingville, has stage IV
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Paul Forman, 53, of Farmingville, has stage IV pancreatic cancer. He and a 50-member team of family and friends he dubbed “For Man-Kind” raised nearly $6,000 in last year's Long Island walk and $5,000 so far this year. (Aug. 29, 2013)

Kathy Glubiak, 49, of Commack, and Richard Armenia,
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Kathy Glubiak, 49, of Commack, and Richard Armenia, 57, of Middle Island, have spent the last several years volunteering with The Lustgarten Foundation in Bethpage. Her father died of pancreatic cancer in 2009; his mother died of the cancer in 2000, and his cousin died in 2010. (Sept. 4, 2013)

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