BENEFITING: PROJECT PURPLE
ORGANIZER: PROJECT PURPLE
EVENT DATE: Nov 03, 2013
As most of you know, my tennis racket has recently taken a backseat to my running shoes. I ran my first marathon in May in Kalamazoo, MI—and what an experience! The training was both exciting and difficult. I learned about being sore in places I didn’t know had muscles, I lost five toenails, and I became intimately familiar with the art of chaffing and body glide.
But all these training pains were only minor annoyances because although I ‘battled’ to run further and longer than I had ever run before, I had a dear friend and mentor who was fighting a much more difficult battle against Pancreatic cancer—Terri Pellino. Terri is one of the most amazing women I had the good fortune to get to know through the fantastic Kelly Lagman. Terri lived an inspired life as a nurse, mentor, and friend to all those around her. She was passionate about nursing, about research, and about teaching others the craft of the profession.
Terri taught me about living each day to the fullest. Even as she underwent a grueling regimen to fight pancreatic cancer, she traveled to Honduras with her daughter in her last year to supervise a public health trip. Furthermore, on every opportunity where she felt well enough during a break from the rigors of chemo, Terri would travel to California, New York, or Chicago. She seized each opportunity to spend time with her friends and family, to explore and experience, and to help others. Terri taught at the UW School of Nursing right through her treatment, often expending every possible ounce of the little energy she had on her students and those around her.
Terri was an inspiration, a model, and a dear mentor who I, and everyone who knew her, truly miss. She fought pancreatic cancer with gusto and energy; and I am running the NYC marathon in her memory. I want to honor her fight, her battle, and her never-ceasing energy to live in spite of the disease. I am raising money to help others in a similar position and to find a cure. For me, there is no better reason to run.
PROJECT PURPLE -
Pancreatic Cancer is the 4th largest killer of all cancers and the least funded of the top 10 cancer killers today. We need to do more - we have lost one too many friends, family and loved ones to this evil cancer.
Project Purple has a mission of Running To Beat Pancreatic Cancer !
Funds I raise will go to three main programs:
1. Scholarship Program – we provide scholarships to children and grandchildren that have lost a loved one to Pancreatic Cancer or have a loved one fighting. Candidates have to be either enrolled currently in college or high school senior. We provide small scholarships to help and give hope to continue their higher education.
2. Patient Financial Aid Program – we provide families fighting PC with financial aid to help pay the every day bills. Examples maybe rent, mortgage, car, utilities, food and anything else associated with everyday living so families can focus on fighting then worrying about paying these bills.
3. Research for a cure, early detection test or improving the quality of life – we provide funding for research projects that show promise in finding a cure, early detection test or improving the quality of life for people with Pancreatic Cancer.