3rd Annual AJ Strong Memorial Run

3rd Annual AJ Strong Memorial Run

In Memory of AJ Jabonero, A Tragic Victim of Hepatitis B Induced Liver Cancer-San Francisco Hep B Free Partners With Team Cancer Sucks For The 3rd Annual AJ Strong Memorial Run

San Francisco-Team Cancer Sucks and San Francisco Hep B Free are partnering for the 3rd Annual AJ Strong Memorial Run, a 6.5k run/walk to honor AJ Jabonero, who passed away from hepatitis B induced liver cancer. This run serves as a remembrance of AJ and to raise awareness for the leading cause of liver cancer in the world, hepatitis B.

AJ Jabonero, a triathlete and Iron Man, of otherwise perfect health, who didn't drink, smoke, or eat unhealthy, was diagnosed at the age of 30, in December 2014, with stage 4 liver cancer from chronic hepatitis B infection. AJ knew he was a carrier, having suffered an episode of jaundice at the age of three; however, after years of being symptom-free and not regularly monitoring his viral load, AJ passed away, two and a half months after his diagnosis, on March 5th, 2015. Unfortunately, AJ was not the only member of the family to have suffered from chronic hepatitis B infection. AJ's aunt, father, mother, and sister were all carriers of the hepatitis B virus, his father having passed away from hepatitis B induced liver cancer in November 2005.

The 3rd Annual AJ Strong Memorial Run serves not only to remember Iron Man AJ Jabonero, but also to raise awareness for hepatitis B, where upwards of 80% of all liver cancer cases around the world are directly associated with it. As many as 1 in 12 Asian and Pacific Islanders are chronically infected with the virus, with 2 out of 3 not knowing they have it, and 1 in 4 developing liver cancer or liver disease from it.
Following the run there will be a health fair, food, and music, including free hepatitis B screenings provided by San Francisco Hep B Free.

About Team Cancer Sucks:

Team Cancer Sucks started as a simple idea in 2013, when Co-Founder AJ Jabonero, Mark, Louis, Darren, and Chris were looking for a way to raise funds for cancer patients in a novel way that combined their passion for endurance sports and camaraderie that they shared in their training for races. Team Cancer Sucks is an endurance sports community on a mission. While training hard for group and personal success, we also race to raise much needed funds to help cancer patients access the medical care they need. For more information, go to www.TeamCancerSucks.org

About San Francisco Hep B Free:
Launched in April 2007, San Francisco Hep B Free promotes collaboration between government, healthcare groups, community organizations, and businesses to end viral hepatitis B disease. San Francisco's Asian and Pacific Islander residents comprise of 34% of the City's population and bare a disproportionate burden of liver cancer and undetected hepatitis B infection. The campaign was launched in San Francisco and serves as a model nationally for (1) creating public and healthcare provider awareness about the importance of testing and vaccinating Asian and Pacific Islander for hepatitis B; (2) promoting routine hepatitis B screenings and vaccinations within the primary care medical community; and (3) facilitating access to treatment for chronically infected individuals. For more information, go to: www.SFHepBFree.org

Last modified onTuesday, 14 March 2017 19:40

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