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Losing Both Parents To Cancer Puts Paramus Siblings On Mission

Dennis Wirth and Kristina Ferreira are pictured with their parents Kathleen and Dennis.
Dennis Wirth and Kristina Ferreira are pictured with their parents Kathleen and Dennis. Photo Credit: Contributed

PARAMUS, N.J. – A brother and sister from Paramus who lost both their parents to cancer are on a mission to further cancer research.

To raise funds for research and honor the memory of their parents, Dennis Wirth and Kristina Ferreira will be participating in the Runyon 5K at Yankee Stadium on July 15. The funds they raise will go to the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation.

A Valley Hospital chemo nurse who treated their parents – Kathleen and Dennis Wirth -- will also be participating in the run.

Their mother Kathleen, a 22-year survivor of Hodgkin Lymphoma, passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2013, just months before Kristina’s wedding, which she helped plan.

Two years later, their father Dennis was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma. Before he died in March, he was able to hold Kristina’s first-born child.

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