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Skylar Spitaleri, 12, of Islip, who lost her (Credit: Steve Pfost)

Skylar Spitaleri, 12, of Islip, who lost her grandmother, Iris Esquilin, to cancer, is comforted by her mother, Sandra, right, and cousin Alexia Scarpa, 14, as she becomes emotional during the Lustgarten Foundation's 13th annual Long Island Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk, held at Jones Beach. (Oct. 13, 2013)

Lustgarten Foundation's 13th annual Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk

Many of the 7,500 purple-clad walkers who turned out at Jones Beach on Sunday for the Lustgarten Foundation's 13th annual Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk knew someone who had succumbed to the disease, and walked in tribute.

Participants walk along the beach during the Lustgarten
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Participants walk along the beach during the Lustgarten Foundation's 13th annual Long Island Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk, held at Jones Beach. (Oct. 13, 2013)

Michael Braconi, of Queens, receives a hug from
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Michael Braconi, of Queens, receives a hug from his niece Avery Rose Braconi, 3, after finishing the walk during the Lustgarten Foundation's 13th annual Long Island Pancreatic Cancer Research event at Jones Beach. (Oct. 13, 2013)

Participants cross the finish line during the Lustgarten
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Participants cross the finish line during the Lustgarten Foundation's 13th annual Long Island Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk held at Jones Beach. (Oct. 13, 2013)

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Danny Rios, of Mt. Sinai, gives a high-five
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Danny Rios, of Mt. Sinai, gives a high-five to his niece Emma Guadagna, 4, as she is held up by Leahana Rowehl, of Middle Island, during the Lustgarten Foundation's 13th annual Long Island Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk at Jones Beach. (Oct. 13, 2013)

Skylar Spitaleri, 12, of Islip, who lost her
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Skylar Spitaleri, 12, of Islip, who lost her grandmother, Iris Esquilin, to cancer, is comforted by her mother, Sandra, as she becomes emotional during the Lustgarten Foundation's 13th annual Long Island Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk, held at Jones Beach. (Oct. 13, 2013)

Skylar Spitaleri, 12, of Islip, who lost her
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Skylar Spitaleri, 12, of Islip, who lost her grandmother, Iris Esquilin, to cancer, is comforted by her mother, Sandra, right, and cousin Alexia Scarpa, 14, as she becomes emotional during the Lustgarten Foundation's 13th annual Long Island Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk, held at Jones Beach. (Oct. 13, 2013)

Participants walk along the beach during the Lustgarten
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Participants walk along the beach during the Lustgarten Foundation's 13th annual Long Island Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk, held at Jones Beach. (Oct. 13, 2013)

Larry Balter and Valerie Ditkowsky, of Plainview, stop
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Larry Balter and Valerie Ditkowsky, of Plainview, stop to kiss during the Lustgarten Foundation's 13th annual Long Island Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk, held at Jones Beach. (Oct. 13, 2013)

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Megan Walbrecker, 8, of Shirley, is held up
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Megan Walbrecker, 8, of Shirley, is held up by her cousin, Sean Fennessy, of Ronkonkoma, during the Lustgarten Foundation's 13th annual Long Island Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk, held at Jones Beach. (Oct. 13, 2013)

Participants walk under Ocean Parkway during the Lustgarten
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Participants walk under Ocean Parkway during the Lustgarten Foundation's 13th annual Long Island Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk held at Jones Beach. (Oct. 13, 2013)

Pancreatic cancer survivor Patricia Birbiglia, of Bellmore, is
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Pancreatic cancer survivor Patricia Birbiglia, of Bellmore, is pushed by friends and family, from left, Cathy Lombardo, of Massapequa, Judy Gentile, of Lindenhurst, and Theodore Birbiglia, 6, Inez Birbiglia, and Isabella Birbiglia, 10, all of Holtsville, during the Lustgarten Foundation's 13th annual Long Island Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk held at Jones Beach. (Oct. 13, 2013)

Jenna Abrezzino, of Valley Stream, triumphantly crosses the
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Jenna Abrezzino, of Valley Stream, triumphantly crosses the finish line during the Lustgarten Foundation's 13th annual Long Island Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk held at Jones Beach. (Oct. 13, 2013)

Walkers begin their trek during the Lustgarten Foundation's
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Walkers begin their trek during the Lustgarten Foundation's 13th annual Long Island Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk held at Jones Beach. (Oct. 13, 2013)

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Participants walk under Ocean Parkway during the Lustgarten
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Participants walk under Ocean Parkway during the Lustgarten Foundation's 13th annual Long Island Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk held at Jones Beach. (Oct. 13, 2013)

Benjamin Porter, 4, center, is held up by
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Benjamin Porter, 4, center, is held up by his brother Jordan, 14, of Queens, while they walk along the beach during the Lustgarten Foundation's 13th annual Long Island Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk held at Jones Beach. (Oct. 13, 2013)

Rich Appenzeller, of Selden, center, with Team Louie
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Rich Appenzeller, of Selden, center, with Team Louie holds up a pirate flag while walking with members of his team during the Lustgarten Foundation's 13th annual Long Island Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk, held at Jones Beach. (Oct. 13, 2013)

Edward Pascale, of Oakdale, walks with his family
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Edward Pascale, of Oakdale, walks with his family while holding a sign in memory of his grandmother during the Lustgarten Foundation's 13th annual Long Island Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk held at Jones Beach. (Oct. 13, 2013)

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