While there is no shortage of worthy causes that a person can invest their time, money, or effort into, the harsh reality is that some will unfortunately get overlooked while others receive more attention and support. When it comes to the world of cancer, pancreatic is one of the unfortunate ones. A type that does not get the attention – or funding – as it rightfully deserves.
Pancreatic cancer has one of the highest mortality rates and is considered the 4th leading cause of all cancer related deaths in America. Over 45,000 Americans each year are diagnosed with this disease. Often pancreatic cancer goes unchecked for long periods of time, allowing it to grow. This is due in part to the simple fact that there is a serious lacking in solid detection equipment.
The most alarming statistics indicate an estimated 94 percent of those diagnosed with the disease die within the first five years. An estimated 74 percent die in the first year following diagnosis. And while this form of cancer is among the deadliest, research funding trails in comparison to many other forms of cancer. In fact, pancreatic cancer research gets just a sliver of the money earmarked for cancer research by the National Cancer Institute.
It brings me such great honor and I am extremely proud to be a part of Project Purple's running team. As the official charity for the 2016 Lincoln Marathon, all the money that is raised by your donations will go to support these three programs listed below.
In the last four years, our charity has provided $500K in grants to top medical centers specializing in the study of pancreatic cancer. We have carefully selected institutions based on the quality of their work and their researchers. Recipients include Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Tufts Medical Center, University of Nebraska Medical Center, NYU, and Columbia. Grants have also been awarded to postdoctoral students and professional researchers, to support studies in early detection methods, a cure, and a better understanding of the mysterious and deadly disease.
Patient Financial Aid
Project Purple helps support families and individuals dealing with the financial burden of pancreatic cancer. Patients who are currently battling are given support with medical bills, living expenses, and travel. We also give care packages to patients to provide comfort during hospital visits.
For the past three years, Project Purple has helped undergraduate, graduate, and nursing students achieve their academic goals by providing scholarships. These awards are given to bright, passionate students whose lives have been adversely affected by pancreatic cancer. Many have lost parents or other close relatives to the disease, other had the disease themselves.
For more information about these programs and what you can do to help support our mission, visit us online at www.run4projectpurple.org. You can also find us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.