Sonoma Raceway hosts march against stomach cancer

  • An estimated crowd of about 250 people take the starting flag at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma California. The walkers were part of the third annual John's March Against Stomach Cancer - a walk against stomach cancer and a tribute to the John Cardinale, the raceway's late Vice President of Media and Community Relations, who died of stomach cancer. Shot on Saturday January 18, 2014 at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. for the Press Democrat. ( Photo by Charlie Gesell )

There was a nip in the air as about 300 people warmed by memories of a good guy named John Cardinale gathered early Saturday on the track at Sonoma Raceway.

This wasn't an auto race, but a walk-run to honor Cardinale, the raceway's congenial and widely respected raceway vice president of media and community relations until he died from stomach cancer at age 47 nearly a year ago.

Sonoma Raceway March Against Stomach Cancer


Dogs and kids joined the crowd at the third March Against Stomach Cancer, a tribute to Cardinale and a fundraiser for No Stomach for Cancer. The nonprofit provides a host of services to increase awareness of the disease, support research and early detection, and assist affected families.

Saturday's eager participants, many sporting "We Are John's Army" T-shirts, massed at the starting line.

One of Cardinale's sisters, Debbie Cameron, waved the green flag and they were off.

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