BENEFITING: PROJECT PURPLE
ORGANIZER: PROJECT PURPLE
EVENT DATE: Nov 03, 2013
Hello Friends and Family,
Thank you all so much for visiting our Project Purple fundraising page. We are both really excited to be running the New York City Marathon as part of such an amazing organization.
For those of you who are unfamiliar, Project Purple is a not-for-profit organization with the mission of raising awareness and funds towards a cure for Pancreatic Cancer. Pancreatic cancer has the highest mortality rate of all major cancers; 74% of patients will die within one year of being diagnosed, and a mere 6% will survive more than 5 years. The average life expectancy for those diagnosed with metastatic pancreatic cancer is just 3 to 6 months.
As deadly as pancreatic cancer is, it is the least funded of the top 10 cancers. It is one of very few cancers that has not seen any improvement in survival rates over the past 40 years. It is our goal, through running with Project Purple, to raise awareness about this lack of funding in the hopes that someday soon, better treatment options will be available, and the 5 year survival rate for pancreatic cancer will no longer be in the single digits.
As many of you know, Samantha lost her father, Mark Nilo, to metastatic pancreatic cancer last October. Although his doctors and nurses at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute were amazing, it was incredibly frustrating to learn that he had extremely limited treatment options. We live in a day and age where overall cancer survival rates are improving; Treatment options are more effective and more tolerable, early detection is on the rise due to more effective screening measures, and yet pancreatic cancer patients benefit from none of this. Their treatment options have not improved, they are not any gentler on the body, and there is NO method of early detection. Less than 20% of all pancreatic cancers are detected before the cancer has spread. This is no longer acceptable, and it is time to do something about it.
Mark passed away on October 24, 2012 at 54 years old, just seven short months after receiving his diagnosis. He was an incredible human being. He was as genuine, loving, and kind as any person could be, and he was taken from us much too early. Sadly, over 38,000 people in the United States will face this same fate every single year.
We are running the NYC Marathon with Project Purple not only to raise awareness of the lack of research funding, but because Project Purple directly benefits pancreatic cancer patients and their families. In addition to providing care packages of hats and blankets to keep patients comfortable during chemotherapy infusions, Project Purple assist families in need of help and resources. Funds raised through this organization will go to patients who are struggling with hospital and pharmacy expenses, as well as to family members who have had to take considerable time off from work to care for their sick loved ones. Project Purple is a unique organization; The funds raised go directly to those who need it the most.
We hope that you will consider making a donation to our fundraiser. Each dollar we raise will make a difference in the life of someone battling this devastating disease.
If you will be in the New York area on November 3, we invite you to come cheer us on and be a part of something magical!
We thank you all for your love and support,
Matt and Sam