BENEFITING: PROJECT PURPLE
EVENT: 38th Annual Lincoln Marathon
EVENT DATE: May 03, 2015
Melissa Wood wrote -
We are running in the LIncoln 1/2 Marathon in honor of Gary's mom (Melissa's mother-in-law) Sandy. Sandy is 65, and was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer right before Thanksgiving, this past November 2014. She had not been feeling quite herself for a few months. By the time they found the cancer, it was already stage 4, and incurable. Sandy is now receiving hospice care in her home in Alaska. To be honest, our family is still in shock that this is happening. When we found out that the Lincoln Marathon was partnering with Project Purple to raise money for Pancreatic cancer this year, we saw it as a message from God that we were to be a part of this team. It is a helpless feeling to see your loved one suffer. We want to be able to do our part in helping find a cure for this terrible disease.
**Update 2-24-15: It is with great sadness that I update our status. Sandy passed away from complications of her pancreatic cancer today. We will miss you dearly Sandy.
Project Purple is a non-profit organization, created with the goal of raising awareness and funding to help defeat pancreatic cancer. Its primary objective is to support patients and families who have been directly affected by this disease.
Pancreatic cancer is the 4th largest killer of all cancer killers and the least funded of the top 10 cancers. It is the only cancer in the top 10 killers with a single digit survival rate. 94% of people will die within 5 years of being diagnosed. There are currently NO early detection methods.
Our goal as a team iss to raise $5000 by race day (May 3). We would love it if you would consider donating to this cause which is so close to our hearts right now.
*If you would prefer to write a check rather than pay online, please make it out to Project Purple with 'Gary or Melissa Wood' in the memo section with 'Lincoln 2015' next to it. You can mail checks to the main office at:
Project Purple, 141 South Main Street, Beacon Falls, CT 06403