In June 2014 I joined a running club with hopes of "becoming a runner". In September 2014 I ran my first 5k with a friend and fell in love with running. I decided to challenge myself and in January, I started following a marathon training plan. I finished that plan in May and continued training until it was time to start the plan over again at the end of June. I signed up to run the IMT Des Moines Marathon on October 18 which is only 4 weeks away! At the time of the marathon, I will have run over 1000 miles in the last year. Uncle Howard shared the mission of Project Purple with me over Labor Day weekend. Mission Statement for Project Purple: Project Purple is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization with a mission of raising awareness and funds toward a cure for Pancreatic Cancer. Pancreatic Cancer is the 4th largest killer of all cancer killers and the least funded of the top 10 cancers. It is also the only cancer in the top 10 killers with a single digit survival rate after 5 years. I am joining this cause to raise money to find a cure for pancreatic cancer in honor and remembrance of Aunt Myra and Grandpa Memmelaar. Will you help me raise $1000? I have already put in the work! No sweat (of yours) required!!