On May 1, 2016, I will be running the Lincoln Nebraska Marathon. I’m running my 21st Marathon to help to defeat pancreatic cancer with Project Purple!
There are many reasons why a person chooses to run 26.2 Miles. They may want to earn a specific finish time, qualify for a certain race, or to see if they can complete the distance. I’m running this race to help those who are battling this horrific disease, create awareness, and to run for a greater good that exceeds the personal benefits of running a marathon. The challenges of running a marathon are great but its impact is minimal compared to those battling pancreatic cancer and its effects on families and loved ones.
The American Cancer Society’s most recent estimates for pancreatic cancer in the United States are for 2015:
About 48,960 people (24,840 men and 24,120 women) will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
About 40,560 people (20,710 men and 19,850 women) will die of pancreatic cancer.
The lifetime risk of having pancreatic cancer is about 1 in 67
I hope you will support me in this endeavor. My promise to you is that I will run the best race that I can and bring you with me on this 26.2 Mile journey. Thank you for your support and your willingness to help those battling this gripping disease.
About Project Purple:
Project Purple's mission: to beat pancreatic cancer. Our Method: participating in the best road races in the world. The Lincoln Marathon and Half are 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 energy 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.