Hi, I'm Lane.
In December of 2011 we lost my dad to pancreatic cancer. I know I can speak for those close to him in saying that he is deeply missed and after six years, I understand that the pain of not having him here isn't any less...just different.
I feel proud to have teamed up with Project Purple to run the Garry Bjorkland Half Marathon during Grandma's Marathon in Duluth, MN next June. Project Purple has a vision of a world without pancreatic cancer and I want to do a small part for those that aren't aware they'll be faced with the disease with hopes of seeing that number become less and less.
Pancreatic cancer is the 4th most common cause of cancer related deaths in the United States and the least funded of the top-ten cancers. Approximately 54,000 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year with an overall 5 year survival rate of 9%. Pancreatic cancer is difficult to detect in its early stages and commonly is diagnosed as Stage IV disease. Significant funding toward research is needed to develop early detection methods, provide patients with more effective therapies, and improve quality of life after diagnosis.
I'm grateful for an support and looking forward to this experience and running a great race next June!
Learn about Project Purple and the fight against pancreatic cancer here: projectpurple.org.
Learn more about Grandma'sMarathon here. GrandmasMarathon.com
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