|Aug. 19 walk will honor Pemberville man|
|Written by JORDAN CRAVENS Sentinel Staff Writer|
|Friday, 20 July 2012 10:39|
PEMBERVILLE - Just 54 days after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, Robert Kohring Sr. lost his battle with the deadly disease.
On Aug. 19, the former Pemberville man's family will honor his life and love for walking with a Pancreatic Cancer Research 3-Mile Walk in the village.
"What we went through is part of why we are so passionate about hopefully helping other families not have to go through this," said Kohring's daughter Lori Laake, of Dayton.
Kohring, 79, died May 4, 2010, less than 8 weeks after being diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
"My dad was athletic, a picture of health, thought he would live to be 10," Laake said. "Never, ever did we think this was going on in his body."
Her father, a former Marine, was a walker, biker and played basketball in the driveway.
"It was a rapid decline once he was diagnosed."
And just two months after her father's death, Laake lost her mother, Mary Jo. The Kohrings had been married for 58 years and their daughter said they were like newlyweds.
The idea for a walk in honor of her father came after Laake and other family members participated in a similar walk near Dayton.
"We thought we should be doing this in Pemberville where dad was a walker," she said.
All proceeds from the walk will go to fund pancreatic cancer research through the Lustgarten Foundation.
"When you donate, 100 percent of your donation goes to research," Laake said.
The idea of the walk is to remember Kohring, but also to promote awareness and early detection and to raise money or pancreatic cancer research.
According to the Lustgarten Foundation, about 279,000 people worldwide have been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and more than 266,000 have died from the disease.
Pancreatic cancer is often called the "silent disease," according to the Foundation, because signs and symptoms can go unnoticed until it is in the advanced stages.
"The five year survival rate of pancreatic cancer is just 6 percent in the United States," according to the Foundation.
The walk begins at the Pemberville Fire Department, 104 E. Front St., at 1 p.m. on Aug. 19. Registration is $35 per person and begins at noon.
There will also be raffles and music.
Early registration is $30 can also be completed at: www.tinyurl.com/PembervilleWalk.
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