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Julia Valenziano
Philadelphia, PA United States
CROWDRISING SINCE: Dec 18, 2014
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Did you know that pancreatic cancer is the 4th most deadly cancer, yet receives the least funding of the Top 10 cancers?
Pancreatic cancer is also the only cancer of the Top 10 to have just a single digit survival rate after 5 years.
This is not acceptable.

I’ve never run more than three miles, but was inspired to run the Philadelphia Love Half Marathon when my family’s life was changed.  In August my dad, Carl, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and has been fighting like hell ever since.  He is a trauma surgeon, but within a few months has gone from saving the lives of others to fighting for his own.  A father to five, he has impacted my life along with the lives of so many others and we’re not ready to let that stop!

He loves joking around, building in his workshop, and being outside either looking at stars or on the beach.  But since starting chemo some days it’s hard just for him to eat something.  Everyday though he’s continued to push through and has motivated my family to do the same for him. Just last week we made a two day drive down to Florida to enjoy our Christmas by the beach!

Cancer can tear apart a family’s financial stability and ruin the small comforts that were once just daily routines. For this reason I joined Project Purple because it raises money not only for pancreatic cancer research and academic scholarships, but also for financial aid to support families who can no longer support themselves.

I will be running the Philadelphia Love Half Marathon on March 29th, 2015 to raise money and awareness for pancreatic cancer. I was a gymnast from age three throughout college and have cracking joints, two surgeries, and arthritis in both feet to show for it. But if my dad is fighting through this, I can get run this race for him and for all the families who are battling pancreatic cancer.  Please consider helping out my fundraiser and supporting Project Purple.

Doingit4Dad!  

Julia
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