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Arizona Oncology Supports the 2nd Annual Rick Williams Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk


Green Valley and Sahuarita are active fund-raising for so many important causes.

Green Valley resident Rick Williams lost his battle with pancreatic cancer in November, less than two years after being diagnosed. Rick was 58.

During that time, Rick said he wanted to do something to help fund pancreatic cancer research. He and his wife, Belinda, spearheaded the first Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk to benefit the Lustgarten Foundation last year, and although Rick is gone, Belinda helped organize this year's walk with Jane Sloan.

The 2nd Annual Rick Williams Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk is scheduled rain or shine for March 19 at La Posada, 350 E. Morningside Road. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. The 5K run starts at 9:30 a.m. The walk starts at 10 a.m. There are no fees. All donations go to research. You can register online at or call 1-866-789-1000.

The event has support from area sponsors, including Cabinet Encounters, Soulistic Hospice, La Posada, Cliff Bar Co., Curves, Arizona Oncology, Serr's Towing & Garage, CareMore, Snell & Wilmer LLP Law Offices, Al's Entertainment and Karaoke, Levon Graphics Corp., Posada Java,, Green Velvet and Lazarus Marketing.

Curves, owned by Cozette Acosta Smith, will be closed March 19 so Curve members and staff can participate in the walk. All members will receive a workout credit for attending the walk.

A pancreatic cancer memorial wall with photos will be on display at the walk. Belinda encourage's participants to bring photos of those they wish to remember. A silent auction, food booths, water and trail mix compliments of Posada Java will be available.

The Lustgarten Foundation's mission is to advance the scientific and medical research related to the diagnosis, treatment, cure and prevention of pancreatic cancer, the fourth-leading cause of cancer death in men and women in the United States.

The Desert Hills Lutheran Church Foundation recently hosted a fund-raising dinner at Lavender Restaurant.

Every year the 13-member foundation makes gifts to organizations in the area and within the Desert Hills Church. This year gifts went to the Green Valley-Sahuarita Community Food Bank, the Lutheran Campus Ministry at the University of Arizona, and St. Andrews Children's Clinic in Nogales, Ariz.

In addition, many programs within Desert Hills Lutheran Church received gifts.

The Foundation sponsors an annual fund-raising dinner with either a silent auction or a raffle. Items such as a LCD TV, a luxury condo stay in Sedona, a champagne brunch for eight and rounds of golf were all raffle prizes this year.

"It was a very enjoyable evening and money was raised to enable the Foundation to continue its good work," member John Bentley said.

For more information on the Foundation, contact Desert Hills Lutheran Church at 648-1633.

The Arizona Choral Society conducted by Jonathan Ng will present its spring concert April 3 at 3:30 p.m. at Valley Presbyterian Church, 2800 S. Camino del Sol. Advance tickets are $12 and on sale at Meredith's Hallmark Shop in Continental Plaza, or Tickets will be available at the door for $15.

ACS features a chorus with more than 60 members from Green Valley, Sahuarita, Nogales and Tucson.

The concert will include a combination of choral works from oratorios and operas to orchestral music. Repertoire includes choruses from Vesperae Solemnes de Confessore by Mozart; St. Paul and Hymn of Praise by Mendelssohn; Messiah by Handel (with audience sing-along, so bring your scores); Madama Butterfly by Puccini; La Traviata by Verdi; and Mount of Olive and Choral Fantasy by Beethoven.

Ng, director of sacred music and arts at Catalina United Methodist Church, has appeared as orchestral and choral conductor for groups throughout the United States. He made his Carnegie Hall conducting debut in May 2007 with many of the current ACS members. He received his doctorate in conducting with minors in vocal performance and pedagogy and music history and literature from Indiana University. He received his master's degree in conducting and church music from Westminster Choir College. 

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