I've run the Lincoln Half-Marathon the last 2 years and was not part of Project Purple. My dad, Richard Ziegler (Coach Zig), was diagnosed with Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer on October 7, 2015. He fought it hard and lost his battle on July 9, 2016. Last year, during the half, while he was still alive and fighting the cancer, I ran and wished I would have been running as part of Project Purple because the whole race I was thinking about my dad.
My dad coached cross country in Syracuse for 35 years and was my coach, as well as a coach and mentor for thousands of kids over the years. After dad was diagnosed, I was shocked at the number of people affected by this disease. It is becoming 'too common', along with all other cancers and we need a cure.
PROJECT PURPLE wrote -
This year pancreatic cancer surpassed breast cancer and became the third leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. It is more important than ever that we continue to work hard towards reversing this trend.
Our mission at Project Purple is to find a cure for pancreatic cancer and to improve the lives of patients through support, hope and compassion. The money raised for Project Purple helps us fulfill our mission statement by funding several crucial programs.
Project Purple provides funding for critical pancreatic cancer research. Thanks to our donors we are helping fund research for an early detection test for pancreatic cancer. There is currently no form of early detection for this deadly form of cancer. The best odds at survival come when the disease is caught in its earliest stages. We also fund studies which seek effective methods to treat this deadly disease. Finally, we offer grants to graduate students who are pursuing a career in pancreatic cancer research.
We at Project Purple also recognize there are patients who are fighting pancreatic cancer right now and they need our help. Project Purple assists current patients through our Patient Financial Aid program. We also provide patients with Blankets of Hope Care Bags. We believe no one should this battle on their own.
Though the five-year survival rate for pancreatic cancer stands at just 9%, we know that with your help we can make our vision of a world without pancreatic cancer a reality!