The Di Caro family raised $4,000 after the children’s grandmother...

The Di Caro family raised $4,000 after the children’s grandmother died of pancreatic cancer. Credit: Handout

Sign me up . . .All age groups can be part of The Lustgarten Foundation's drive to raise awareness about pancreatic cancer and generate funds for research to find a cure. The organization encourages students, scout groups, teachers and their classes to get involved.

The Foundation's 13th annual Long Island Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk starts at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 13 at Jones Beach. Volunteers are needed for setup, to register walkers, distribute refreshments at rest stops and other duties.

Contact: To walk or volunteer, visit: or; 866-789-1000.

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THE CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOUNDATION's Huntington office needs volunteers to register riders, help with setup, work at rest stops and serve as route marshals at its Cycle for Life fundraiser on Oct. 5. Bicyclists will tackle 30-, 60- and 100-mile sections of a route starting in Riverhead. Cystic Fibrosis is a chronic, genetic disorder that primarily affects the lungs and digestive systems. Monies raised from the ride will fund research for a cure.

Contact: Stefanie Taylor, 516-827-1290

THE AMERICAN PARKINSON DISEASE ASSOCIATION needs volunteers to help raise research funds by participating in the 2013 LI Optimism Walk & Paws Walk-A-Thon, scheduled for Oct. 27, rain or shine. Participants can walk a one-mile trail in Marjorie Post Park in Massepequa with or without a dog. Registration is 11 a.m. to noon. Parkinson's is an incurable neuromuscular disorder.

Contact: 516-626-6114 or 631-862-3560;

For more volunteer information and opportunities, contact the LONG ISLAND VOLUNTEER CENTER at 516-564-5482;;


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