Last spring, a dear friend of our family was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. She passed away a few months ago, a little more than a year after receiving the initial diagnosis. She was an exceptional person and an exceptional friend, and she is deeply missed.
At the time, I was struck by how aggressive everything surrounding pancreatic cancer seemed. The aggressive diagnosis, forcing family and friends to accept that a previously healthy, symptomless person was now forced to wage what would likely prove a losing battle. The aggressive speed at which it could progress, that in so little time a loved one could pass away. I wanted to mount my own aggressive response, albeit small. I decided to try to run the Chicago Marathon for Project Purple, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness and funds towards a cure for pancreatic cancer.
I hope you will consider contributing to the Project Purple team, and help us raise awareness and funds towards a cure, early detection methods, and patient financial aid. Thank you in advance for your support!