My mom passed away this past winter three weeks after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The cancer was diagnosed when she returned to the hospital for further testing after being treated for a blood clot in her lungs. Unfortunately when diagnosed, the cancer was too far along for chemotherapy or other treatments to provide any benefit. She faced the cancer with the same grace, beauty and humor that she lived her life.
A few facts about pancreatic cancer ... Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths and 85% of those diagnosed die within a year and 94% die within five years. No early detection methods have been discovered. A 55% increase in pancreatic cancer cases is predicted over the next two decades.
While we made the best of the three weeks we had with my mom, it was far too short a time. We were very fortunate to have the support of many family and friends as well as a wonderful team of people from the Wilmot Cancer Center at the University of Rochester Medical Center.
As I learned about pancreatic cancer and the impacts it has on people and their families, I wanted to do something in memory of my mom to help others who face this disease. Project Purple allows people like me to run at events across the country to raise funds to 1) support research on pancreatic cancer 2) help pancreatic patients and their families pay living, medical and travel expenses and 3) support high achieving undergraduate students who have been effected by the loss of a parent or grandparent to pancreatic cancer.
On September 6th, I am running the Magnificent Mile Women's Half Marathon in memory of my mom. I would greatly appreciate your support in cheering me on or donating to Project Purple. All donations are tax deductible.