This is my fourth half marathon but it is the first time I've run on a team for a cause. There are many great causes to support out there, but running for Project Purple to support the fight against cancer is very meaningful to me. My Dad, Paul Wade, is a cancer survivor and has been cancer free for over four years now. He was lucky. Both my mother-in-law and father-in-law, who were very special people, lost their battles to cancer. What they went through was horrible.
Statistically it is said that every person knows someone that has been affected by cancer. Project Purple focuses specifically on Pancreatic Cancer. Pancreatic Cancer is the 4th largest killer of all cancer killers and the least funded of the top 10 cancers. It is also the only cancer in the top 10 killer with a single digit survival rate after 5 years. Project Purple not only raises money to find a cure, but steps in to help those affected by this horrible disease.
1. Scholarship Program – we provide scholarships to children and grandchildren that have lost a loved one to Pancreatic Cancer or have a loved one fighting. Candidates have to be either enrolled currently in college or high school senior. We provide small scholarships to help and give hope to continue their higher education.
2. Patient Financial Aid Program – we provide families fighting PC with financial aid to help pay the every day bills. Examples maybe rent, mortgage, car, utilities, food and anything else associated with everyday living so families can focus on fighting then worrying about paying these bills.
3. Research for a cure, early detection test or improving the quality of life – we provide funding for research projects that show promise in finding a cure, early detection test or improving the quality of life for people with Pancreatic Cancer.
Please consider supporting me and Project Purple as I get ready to run the 2014 Lincoln Half Marathon. I’m going to run 13.1 miles and try to raise 1,310 dollars while doing it.
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