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Heat It to Beat It raises money for Mercy Medical Center cancer research

Hundreds of participants gathered on Sept. 18 at Eastern Regional Park in Middle River for the annual Heat It to Beat It benefit walk, a fundraiser to support research led by surgical oncologist Dr. Armando Sardi, medical director of The Institute for Cancer Care at Mercy Medical Center in downtown Baltimore.

The annual benefit event has raised more than $1.9 million since its inception in 2009.

Now in its 13th year, the event generates awareness for the life-saving HIPEC (Hyperthermic or Heated Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy) treatment. HIPEC is a two-step cancer treatment process wherein surgeons first remove the cancer, then immediately administer heated chemotherapy to kill microscopic cancer cells left behind.

Heat It to Beat It unites patients, their families and friends, and clinicians who come together to share their experiences with other survivors, while raising funds to support clinical trials and the surgical oncology research scholar program at the institute.

Other highlights of the event included a basket raffle, face painting and children’s performers, refreshments and a number of guest speakers including cancer survivors who have benefited from HIPEC.

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Steve Cox, 58, of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, right, a 10-year cancer survivor, adds his thumbprint to the Heat It to Beat It 2022 Tree of Life art, which will hang in the surgical oncology offices at Mercy Medical Center. (Photo by Jennifer McMenamin Photography LLC)

Gaithersburg resident Bess Livioco, center in red shirt, gathers with her family for a snapshot before the Heat It to Beat It walk on Sunday at Eastern Regional Park in Middle River. Battling stage 4 cancer, the 66-year-old Livioco lost her job and slipped into sepsis before undergoing the HIPEC procedure last year to save her life. Her daughter named their team Bess’ Core and had shirts made for the occasion with the slogan, “In this family we fight together.” (Photo by Jennifer McMenamin Photography LLC)

Palm Beach, Fla. resident Glynis Thomas Charles, left, and her daughter Alicia Thomas joined the Heat It to Beat It walk on Sunday. The 69-year-old Thomas Charles is a seven-year cancer survivor thanks to the HIPEC procedure. (Photo by Jennifer McMenamin Photography LLC)

Bob Hass of Beltsville greets Dr. Armando Sardi at the Heat It to Beat It fundraising walk on Sunday at Eastern Regional Park in Middle River. Hass, who underwent the HIPEC procedure four years ago to treat his cancer, spent his 73rd birthday walking and raising money for the life-saving research. (Photo by Jennifer McMenamin Photography LLC)

Barbara Stern, center, a 69-year-old retired diabetes drug representative, talks with fellow walkers before the Heat It to Beat It walk on Sunday. The Baltimore city resident, who underwent the HIPEC procedure nine months ago after being diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer, raised $4,000 for this year’s event. (Photo by Jennifer McMenamin Photography LLC)

Susan Lisovicz, of New Jersey, greets Dr. Armando Sardi before the Heat It to Beat It walk on Sunday at Eastern Regional Park in Middle River. The five-year cancer survivor brought her entire family to this year’s event and spoke after the walk of her experience at Mercy Medical Center. (Photo by Jennifer McMenamin Photography LLC)

New Jersey resident Susan Lisovicz, right, introduces Dr. Armando Sardi and his wife, Mavalynne Orozco, to her family. The five-year cancer survivor brought her entire family to this year’s event and spoke after the walk of her experience at Mercy Medical Center. (Photo by Jennifer McMenamin Photography LLC)

From right, cancer survivor Courtney Dohler, 31, of Baltimore, completes a lap at Sunday’s Heat It to Beat It walk with her girlfriend Sarah Anderson, 29, her aunt, Susan McCready, 70, and her mother, Karen Dohler, 55. (Photo by Jennifer McMenamin Photography LLC)

Sharon Piscoglio, in the red survivor shirt, a 60-year-old retired welfare case worker from Coatesville, Pennsylvaia, joined this year’s walk with, from left, her husband Joe Piscoglio, her daughter Lucia Piscoglio, her daughter’s significant other, Sean Carroll, and Carroll’s daughter, Liz Carroll. Sharon Piscoglio underwent the HIPEC procedure five years ago. (Photo by Jennifer McMenamin Photography LLC)

Dr. Armando Sardi, medical director of The Institute for Cancer Care at Mercy Medical Center in downtown Baltimore, addresses the crowd at the the annual Heat It to Beat It benefit walk. (Photo by Jennifer McMenamin Photography LLC)