I recently signed up for my third Lincoln Half-Marathon, but this time for a different reason. In the past, I signed up for fun. I enjoy challenging myself and the Lincoln Half has always been a great way to do that. This year, I was torn about whether or not to sign up. I wasn’t sure I would have enough time to train. Before making my decision, I read about Project Purple and their mission of raising awareness and funding for a cure for pancreatic cancer.
Unfortunately, pancreatic cancer took someone close to my family and me. Dolores “Dee” Rath was one of the most amazing women I had ever met. She was more than a babysitter to my siblings and me. She was another grandmother.
When I was in middle school, I noticed she had a yellow tint to her skin. Whenever I asked her why, she avoided the truth. It wasn’t until her last couple of days on earth that I learned she was dying of pancreatic cancer. May 3rd, 2005 was the day that pancreatic cancer took her from me and so many others too soon.
After reading about Project Purple, I knew I was meant to run the Lincoln Half again this year. How could I be selfish enough to not run and raise money in her honor? Most people would prefer celebrating their 25th birthday in other ways, but I look forward to spending it honoring her and other individuals who are currently battling or have lost their battle to pancreatic cancer.
So, I ask you all to help with this mission. My goal is to raise at least $600. Even the smallest donations help more than you know! If you are unable to donate, please share this link. You will not only help me raise money, but help spread the awareness of pancreatic cancer.
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.