Our Story: Walk Cancer Away

We’re Back! Join Us on September 26th, 2021 for the 14th Annual 3K Walk Cancer Away Festival – Food Trucks, Live Music, Games, Celebrating Those Remembered and Giving Strength To Those Still Fighting. With each step we take, with each story shared, and with each donation made we are one step closer to finding a cure. In 2020, friends of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center matched ALL donations up to $100,000! We are proud and elated to announce that we raised $103,800 making 2020’s donation total including the match amount from the friends of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center - $203,800! Raising over $1,063,800 in cumulative donations for Dr. Nancy Kemeny’s Colorectal Research Fund at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and together with thousands of people supporting this momentous cause over the last 14 years we are committed to ultimately Walk Cancer Away Forever.

Now, more than ever, we are deeply grateful for all the support 3K Walk Cancer Away receives. Your support makes the fight against colorectal cancer possible! Let us continue to assist Dr. Kemeny and her team in moving forward with her research!

- A Closer Look -

Walk Cancer Away began as a walk in honor of James N. Rentas. Deeply impacted with his loss due to colorectal cancer, the Rentas family came together 14 years ago with the mission to help others inflicted with the disease. Oncologist, Dr. Nancy Kemeny at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, who was the doctor treating James N. Rentas, mirrors that same goal. Her efforts and that of her team at MSKCC are focused on researching and implementing the most state of the art cancer care to overcome the disease and find a cure. Together they have made tremendous advancements over the years and have provided years of life to those facing adversity. In many cases, their continued efforts have led to full remission of the cancer in patients.

With humility and the deepest gratitude, we are thankful to all those who support and participate each year, because without you this would not be possible.

Let’s Make A Difference Together!

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Take a Look Back to Move Forward

Dr. Kemeny

The Walk Cancer Away Event was formally known as the James N. Rentas Walk for Colorectal Cancer Research. We continue to celebrate the life and determination of James N. Rentas, who battled colorectal cancer for over 7 years with unfailing optimism and dignity. James felt fortunate to be in the care of an extraordinary team lead by Dr. Nancy Kemeny at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Dr. Kemeny’s expertise in developing new and improved chemotherapy regimens for colorectal cancer enabled him to enjoy his time with family and friends.

A History of Hope

Pete Beckrman

Peter Beckerman was informed by his surgeon after his Colon Cancer surgery, that his liver was covered with tumors and had less than 20 months to live. The surgeon urged Mr. Beckerman to consult with Dr. Kemeny.

Mr. Beckerman started treatment with Dr. Kemeny and received the Codman Pump as part of a clinical trial. Dr. Kemeny and her Team have been at the forefront of the utilization of the pump and they remained relentless in their pursuit of a healthy and safe cure. Gradually, over about a year, thanks to the innovative treatments, his tumors disappeared. For the last 10 years he has had no sign of cancer.

“This pump saved my life.”
Peter Beckerman

That was 12 years ago.

Lets Move Forward Together

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