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Joseph C. Monastra Ride to Make a Difference 2002

ATLANTA, November 2, 2002 - November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month and hundreds of motorcyclists, their passengers, friends and families took to the road from Suwanee to Lake Lanier and back on Saturday November 2 to benefit pancreatic cancer research.

The 1st Annual Ride to Make a Difference for Pancreatic Cancer Research began and ended at the new Fire House Food & Spirits restaurant at 300 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard. Commemorative T-shirts and pins were given to the first 300 registrants donating $20 per bike.

After the ride, participants went back to the Fire House and were treated to live music by Blues Envy, raffle prizes, silent auction items, vendors and food and drink specials.

An added attraction for motorcycle enthusiasts was bike show after the ride. For an additional $10 contribution per bike, the competition covered 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in eight categories plus Best of Show: The categories include Best Chrome; Best EVO; Best Pre-EVO; Best Sport; Best Paint; Best Rat; Best Custom Manufactured; and Best Custom Built.

Sponsors of the event included Fire House Food & Spirits Restaurant, Mall of Georgia Ford, MicroLiter Analytical Supplies Inc., J&S Chemical, World Gym, Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, and Results Realty Services. Media sponsors included 96Rock, 680 The Fan, B98.5, Lake 102.5, and Full Throttle Magazine.

Event organizers encouraged non-riders as well as riders to attend, to enjoy themselves and contribute to pancreatic cancer research.

"The Joseph C. Monastra Fund for Pancreatic Cancer Research and Prevention at Johns Hopkins University was established by my mother, my three sisters and me in honor of my father who died of pancreatic cancer in April of this year," said Pamela Monastra Swanson, a resident of Forsyth County. "We met this summer with Georgia Congressman Johnny Isakson to help increase understanding of the need to support pancreatic cancer research."

Swanson explained that pancreatic cancer has a 99% fatality rate, is the deadliest of all cancers, and attacks men and women equally. Of the one percent who survive, less than one-half percent will live beyond five years. Most die quickly. "My father was taken only four weeks after diagnosis," she said. "There are no known effective treatment options and no early detection methods," she added. "That's why we're dedicated to help provide resources to Johns Hopkins University, the leading center for pancreatic cancer research and prevention in the United States."

One-hundred-percent of all monies raised at the Ride went directly to the Fund. Representing the pancreatic research team from Johns Hopkins at the event waschief scientist Christine Iacobuzio who acted as the ride's official starter.

Additional tax-deductible contributions may be made directly to the Fund, Swanson explained. Checks should be made payable to "Johns Hopkins University" and, in the memo area, write "Joseph C. Monastra Fund" to be sure it is applied correctly. Checks may be mailed directly to Dr. Ralph Hruban, Johns Hopkins Department of Pathology, 600 N. Wolfe Street, Carnegie 417, Baltimore, MD 21287.

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God Bless, love and hope.
The Family of Joseph C. Monastra