BENEFITING: PROJECT PURPLE
ORGANIZER: PROJECT PURPLE
EVENT: 2015 Dallas Marathon
EVENT DATE: Dec 13, 2015
Our family friend Kathleen Gandy was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2012. By chance (or was it?), a few weeks after her diagnosis, I came across the Project Purple team tent at a half marathon in Fairfield CT and they gave me solace. Since then, I have followed their campaign to beat pancreatic cancer through their running fundraisers. Sadly, I've learned of friends whose family members have died of pancreatic cancer including Scott's father, Liz's mother, Rick's uncle, Regina and Mary's grandmother and others on Tonia's Blog.
I have been a supportive spectator of Project Purple on facebook and at a few Boston Marathons. I finally decided to cross the start line myself and run for a Project Purple event. I have been accepted on their Dallas 1/2 Marathon and Marathon Team. I'll be running 13.1 miles on December 13. Our friend Kathleen died on December 31, '13 and I'd like to dedicate my 13s to her memory and prayers for a cure.
Help me out with this cause and consider donating $1 or $2 a mile, that is $13.10 or $26.20, or whatever your heart and wallet suggests. Thank you for your tax deductable support to Project Purple to find a cure for pancreatic cancer.
(Pictures: Me running kilted mile race in NH ; Project Purple logo; Cheeseburger in Paradise, New Orleans 2002 - Kathleen G. at far left and baby Maggie; Kathleen Gandy Impact event - Maggie now 14; Project Purple runners Boston Marathon 2015; Me as Boston Marathon spectator 2015)
PROJECT PURPLE wrote -
Join us in our first ever Dallas Marathon! Dating back to 1971, the organization hosts year-round events culminating with Dallas’ largest and Texas’ oldest running marathon: the Dallas Marathon. Now in its 45th running, the marquee property attracts runners from across the globe and hundreds of thousands of spectators to Dallas’ largest single-day sporting event.
Project Purple is running in this race to raise money and awareness for pancreatic cancer. We use funds raised in all our races to support our three main programs: research, patient aid, and scholarships.