Eight years ago I lost my beloved Dad to pancreatic cancer at what I would consider the young age of 61 years old. Unfortunately, I witnessed how aggressive and relentless this type of cancer can be. Now that I have educated myself more thoroughly, I can look back and clearly see my Dad was showing many of the symptoms but we were unware.
As I competed in different races over the past few years I noticed individuals or groups running "for a cause", this peeked my interest and led me to find Project Purple. I was extremely encouraged to see progress through Project Purple to not only fight pancreatic cancer, but to fund research and development to provide awareness and support for individuals and families battling with this disease.
I truly believe if what information is available today would have been available 14 years ago, our family would have been in a much better place to possibly recognize the symptoms and start the fight sooner.
This is why I support Project Purple by running the Detroit Free Press International Half Marathon with the belief and hope that their continued efforts will soon help individuals and families like mine. Please help me support this battle against pancreatic cancer (3rd deadliest type of cancer).
No amount is too small, please don't wait, donate today.
PROJECT PURPLE wrote -
This year pancreatic cancer surpassed breast cancer and became the third leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. It is more important than ever that we continue to work hard towards reversing this trend.
Our mission at Project Purple is to find a cure for pancreatic cancer and to improve the lives of patients through support, hope and compassion. The money raised for Project Purple helps us fulfill our mission statement by funding several crucial programs.
Project Purple provides funding for critical pancreatic cancer research. Thanks to our donors we are helping fund research for an early detection test for pancreatic cancer. There is currently no form of early detection for this deadly form of cancer. The best odds at survival come when the disease is caught in its earliest stages. We also fund studies which seek effective methods to treat this deadly disease. Finally, we offer grants to graduate students who are pursuing a career in pancreatic cancer research.
We at Project Purple also recognize there are patients who are fighting pancreatic cancer right now and they need our help. Project Purple assists current patients through our Patient Financial Aid program. We also provide patients with Blankets of Hope Care Bags. We believe no one should this battle on their own.
Though the five-year survival rate for pancreatic cancer stands at just 9%, we know that with your help we can make our vision of a world without pancreatic cancer a reality!