The short version is this: I'm running the Chicago Half Marathon on September 23rd 2018 with Project Purple to raise awareness of the severity of Pancreatic Cancer and support researchers and scientists in their search for a cure.
The longer story is this: My dad was diagnosed with stage IV metastatic panceratic cancer in October 2017. I'll save you the google search and tell you that this is not a good diagnosis and means he has a cancerous tumor in his pancreas and the cancer has spread to the liver. There is no known cure for pancreatic cancer and it's the 3rd leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States surpassing breast cancer. Once cancer is metastatic (meaning it has spread from the original origin) they say you can't cure it... but I feel like that can't be true given it's 2018 and we live in a world where cars are driving themselves and you can basically create a human with just stem cells.
This is why I am raising money. To help push research along and find a cure for this before it's too late. As I fundraise, I will be training for the Chicago Half Marathon which is taking place on September 23rd 2018.
I'm not a great runner, but if my dad can wake up and make it through 12 rounds of the strongest chemo treatments you can get, I can wake up and run a few miles for 12 weeks of half marathon training. My dad has said that depending on what's next on this road to recovery, he plans to get back into his morning runs and he will run the half marathon with me in September. Yes, I repeat, the man with the a diagnosis where many people don't live past one year plans to run a half marathon at his one year mark. I hope I'm not jinxing myself by putting that out there but it just shows how hard he's fighting and how cancer will not define his life.
So with that, I'm asking for donations while I train that will be donated to the Project Purple which gives money to some of the best medical centers and hospitals in the field of pancreatic cancer research. $1, $20, $100 - I'll take anything. And remember that your donation is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. I can't thank you enough (in advance) for your support.