Project Purple is the 2016 Lincoln Marathon designated charity. I’ll be back in Lincoln on May 1st (May Day!) to run for my dad Verlyn on the Project Purple Team.
Dad was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer less than half a year ago. He’s undergoing chemotherapy now, which from what I can tell isn’t very much fun. (If you're going to get cancer, you don't want to get this kind.) When I saw that Project Purple, who's mission is to fight pancreatic cancer, was the designated charity, I really wanted to participate.
Dad has always been there for me. Countless times he (and Mom) stood outside in all kinds of sometimes miserable weather (it's Nebraska!) to watch me (and my siblings) run cross country, track, or whatever sport or activity (now I'm doing the same for my kid!). My running the Lincoln Marathon will give him yet another opportunity to stand around outside (hopefully in nice weather!), waiting (patiently 'cause it's gonna definitely take me awhile!) to see me cross the finish line. It will give me an opportunity to show my support for him by helping to raise some funds to help fight pancreatic cancer.
Please help out if you're able by donating to this worthy cause. Your contribution will be much appreciated. Thanks!
PROJECT PURPLE wrote -
Project Purple's mission: to beat pancreatic cancer. Our Method: participating in the best road races in the world. The Lincoln Marathon and Half is amaing! This race is at the top of our list for all time favorite marathons, from the warm and welcoming people of Nebraska, the excitement and emergy of the organizers and participants, and the love and support of the Lincoln Track Club. We are so excited and proud to be the official charity of this event for a second year. Our team will be running to support our 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.