Marvin Zindler's family helps fight pancreatic cancer

December 3, 2011 8:19:52 PM PST
It's been four years since we lost our friend and colleague Marvin Zindler to pancreatic cancer, and the KTRK Action 13 star will never be forgotten by us, or Houston TV viewers.

On Saturday, his family started the Houston area's first ever PurpleStride event to raise awareness and funds for pancreatic cancer research.

Marvin's son Mark Zindler, a senior account executive at KLTV in Tyler, spoke at the opening ceremony and then joined his sister, Helen Rodgers, and brothers Marvin Jr., Don and Dan on the 5K run/walk.

The event was held at 8am Saturday at Oyster Creek Park. Organizers expected about 500 people to participate, but more than 1,200 runners attended for the timed 5K run/walk and 1K kids' fun run. There was also music, refreshments and children's activities.

Marvin's family told us the event raised more than $200,000 for the cause.

The Houston Affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network commemorates November as National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, but funds are needed and accepted year-round.

If you would like to send a donation, make checks out to PurpleStride and mail them to: Zindler Service Co., 2450 Fondren Suite 113, Houston, Texas 77063.

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