amanda zdroik wrote -On the evening of August 7th of 2013, my father complained of severe left side pain and was taken to the emergency room by my mother. Seven hours later, he was diagnosed with inoperable stage four Pancreatic Cancer that had already metastasized to his liver. We never saw anything of this magnitude coming; he had no symptoms prior to that night.
Until August 7th, my father had been a very active, healthy, normal 57 year old man who spent his free time golfing and being with his family. Instead of spending the rest of the snow-free season (in Wisconsin) golfing, he has spent it in the fight of his life. His chronic pain and nausea have led to countless trips to the emergency room, he has been forced to stop working altogether because he is so weak. The only small bit of light that we have at the end of this desolate tunnel is that he is participating in a clinical trial along with aggressive chemotherapy.
Pancreatic Cancer is the forth leading cause of all cancer deaths in the US and has the lowest relative survival rate of any major cancer. For patients diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer, only 6% of them will live to see the five year anniversary of their diagnosis, yet it remains the most under-funded, under-recognized, and least-studied of all major cancers with only 2% of the National Cancer Institute's budget dedicated to Pancreatic Cancer research. It is largely because the public is unaware of it that Pancreatic Cancer so often goes undetected until it is far too late.
The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is a nationwide network of people dedicated to working together to advance research, support patients and create hope for those affected by Pancreatic Cancer. Please help me raise money in honor of my father, Jim Zdroik, to be donated to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.