This will be my first Half-Marathon and I am proud to be running with the Project Purple team. In October of 2012 my father was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer, and just 20 days after the diagnosis he passed away at the age of 73. We miss him every day, but are thankful he lived a very full and happy life, and our family is blessed to have many wonderful memories to cherish and a great legacy to carry forward.
I've been a casual runner since my teens, but I do not run for competition - I run for my soul :). My dad always thought I was crazy to continue running all these years (bad for my knees!) but, every time I run now, it is my dad that occupies my thoughts the most. He was a lover of nature and an avid walker. We lost him too soon to a terrible illness and I will be running to raise awareness and fight for a cure. I thank you for your support!!
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 amazing! 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.