3 Weeks To Go!
April 06, 2016
I am traveling from San Francisco to Nebraska this May to run the Lincoln Half Marathon to help beat pancreatic cancer with Project Purple! While I have participated in similar charity events in the past, this will be the first one where the cause significantly means more to me personally. A couple months ago, I lost my uncle Terry Bane to pancreatic cancer. While he was battling the disease, I felt completely helpless. Even though my uncle lost his battle to cancer, I believe that by running for Project Purple, I am ultimately helping him by raising money to prevent this disease from taking more lives in the future. I came across the Lincoln Half Marathon and knew immediately it was meant to be run in honor of my uncle, especially since he was from Nebraska (and a devoted Huskers fan)!
Roughly 40,560 people in the US lost their lives to pancreatic cancer in 2015, and a projected 41,780 more will lose their lives in 2016. Although the race, as all half marathons are, will be a difficult challenge for me, it is nothing when viewed from the perspective of the patients, families and loved ones being treated for pancreatic cancer.
I hope you will support me in this endeavor! As with patients being treated for cancer they may not win the race, but they’re giving it all they’ve got. I plan to do the same.
ABOUT Project Purple:
Project Purple's mission: to beat pancreatic cancer. The Method: participating in the best road races in the world. The Lincoln Marathon and Half is amazing! This race is at the top of Project Purple’s list for all time favorite marathons, from the warm and welcoming people of Nebraska, the excitement and energy of the organizers and participants, and the love and support of the Lincoln Track Club. Project Purple is excited and proud to be the official charity of this event for a second year. The 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.
2. 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.