Since 2010, Project Purple has provided over $1,000,000 in grants to some of the best cancer research centers. Pancreatic Cancer has only received 5% of the funds allocated by the government for cancer research. Last year, it became the third leading cause of cancer deaths and if nothing changes, it will be the second leading cause by 2020. The survival rate after 5 years is 9%, the lowest of all the major cancers, but better than the 5% when I first got involved with Project Purple in 2015. The symptoms are often not recognized until the cancer is in an advanced stage. It is no wonder that I have met many people who have lost a parent, spouse or sibling to this tragic disease. That’s why I run for a cure.
We will lose 40,000 lives per year in the United States to Pancreatic Cancer until something changes the course. Please help Project Purple runners in our fight. We had 100 runners in the Lincoln marathon last year. My training plan calls for 500 miles of running this winter and spring, and if all of us trained that much, it adds up to 50,000 miles. I know we would all rather put in those miles than to go through the chemo treatments that we have seen so many people endure.
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