Every year, countless individuals are impacted by cancer. Our mission is to Walk Cancer Away as we continue to celebrate those remembered and give strength to those still fighting this life-threatening disease. Walk Cancer Away invites everyone to participate in our annual family friendly walk event and join together to share the perseverance found inside each of us with those around us. With each step we take, with each story shared, and with each donation made we are one step closer to finding a cure. To date, we have raised over $700,000 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 12 years we are committed to ultimately
Walk Cancer Away Forever.
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 12 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.
Join us this year and we will make a difference together!
This year immediately following the walk, we will celebrate at the park with:
live music, family activities, cornhole tournaments, food trucks, face painters, and much much more!
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.
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 9 years he has had no sign of cancer.
“This pump saved my life.”
That was 11 years ago.
The stories of those impacted by cancer are being written each day. Although Walk Cancer Away started just 12 years ago, we are forever honored and humbled to be able to join this story that so many of us find so close to our hearts. We ask you, your family, and your friends to Join this year’s Walk Cancer Away Event and help to impact all of these stories as we continue to celebrate those remembered and give strength to those still fighting this life-threatening disease.