Marathon Weekend and PASSING GOALS!!!
October 08, 2016
Pancreatic cancer is the 4th leading cause of cancer related deaths and is projected to be the 2nd by 2020. In spite of these deadly statistics, however, it is the least funded of the top 10 cancer killers.
My mom is a pancreas doctor at Mayo Clinic Florida, and I've grown up hearing stories at the dinner table every night about her patients and their amazing courage and strength in the face of near unbeatable odds. I've gone with her on trips to Washington DC to lobby Congress to give more financial support to pancreas cancer research through the NIH and the National Cancer Institute. This is a personal fight for our family.
I'm not a doctor or a researcher, and sometimes I feel like I'm just one person, a teenager, what difference could I possibly make? But I'm healthy and can run. I can train and get stronger. I can spread the news and raise awareness through running the Chicago Marathon, and hopefully raise money to contribute to the cause of pancreas cancer research. Together with other advocates, we can make a difference.
I'm 16 years old, the youngest age allowed in the marathon. I'm a high school student at The Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida. I row on the varsity girls crew team, am a member of student council and my hobby is photography. I ran a half marathon last year and came in second place in my age group. I know with your support, we can make a difference for pancreas cancer!