BENEFITING: PROJECT PURPLE
ORGANIZER: PROJECT PURPLE
EVENT DATE: Nov 06, 2016
45 years ago, few children diagnosed with leukemia survived; today the survival rate is 80%. 45 years ago, 46% of women diagnosed with breast cancer survived; today the survival rate is 80%. 45 years ago, 3% of people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer survived.....the survival rate is still 3%.
There is no way of diagnosing the disease early on, the treatment is limited and there is no cure! An estimated 53,070 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the U.S. this year, and over 41,780 will die from the disease this year alone. Federal funding for pancreatic cancer has fallen in recent years, which has made the fundraising efforts of organizations like Project Purple all the more important.
This past September, my father in-law, Charles (Grampy) was diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer. Like many pancreatic cancer patients, his cancer journey started out with a misdiagnosis. He originally went to the doctors in July suffering from nausea, bloating, and acid reflux. After a battery of tests, he was diagnosed with gastroparesis, meaning the stomach takes too long to empty its contents. Gastroparesis is often caused by diabetes, which Grampy has managed for over 20 years. He was told he would never be able to eat a regular meal again; instead he would eat 5-6 small meals daily. He was put on a bland, low-fat, low-fiber diet, consisting mostly of liquids. Knowing that for the rest of his life he'd have to be on a restricted diet was hard to take, but it was nothing compared to what was to come. After months of following his restricted diet, taking medication daily, and not seeing any improvement in his symptoms, it was decided a second evaluation was needed. An appointment with the doctors at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at Mass General in Boston was made. After several scopes and biopsies, he was given the diagnosis no family wants to hear - inoperable and incurable pancreatic cancer.
The two weeks after his cancer diagnosis are still a blur. In the 10+ years I have known my husband, this was the first time I had ever seen him cry. I mean really cry! Seeing him completely break down, was one of the hardest things I've ever had to watch. I wanted more than anything to be able to take the pain and fear away....but how? I knew then, more than ever, that as a family, we needed to be STRONG, be BRAVE, and be POSITIVE!
A few weeks post pancreatic cancer diagnosis, Grampy was given his treatment plan... and it was aggressive. He had a stent placed in his intestine, to bypass the tumor, so he could eat and regain his strength. He was going to need it for the battle that he and his body were up against. Once his body was strong enough, his treatment plan was put into place. Chemotherapy was started and continues every few weeks on the highest dose tolerable. The hope is that even though his cancer is inoperable, the chemotherapy will stop the cancer from growing and spreading. To date, Grampy has received 10 rounds of chemo, and is kicking CANCERS ass! The tumor is considered stable - meaning it has not spread and isn't growing! His body is handling his aggressive treatment better than any of us could have hoped for. He continues to face each new day with determination, a fighting spirit, and the belief that he will and can beat this! Miracles happen everday and he is a miracle, our miracle. We don't know what the next step will be in his cancer journey, but we choose to live in the NOW and have HOPE... and sometimes that is all you need!
On November 6th, 2016 I'll be lacing up to run the TCS New York City Marathon. I have everything I need to complete this race... except for your support.
I am not asking you to run with me (not this year anyway!). But I hope you will do something that will mean just as much to me, Grampy, our families, and to Project Purple - a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness, increase education and furthering pancreatic cancer research.
I would like to ask for your help to support this program and contribute to a great cause.
- Pancreatic Cancer is the most aggressive of the major cancers.
- Pancreatic Cancer is the least funded of the major cancers.
- Pancreatic cancer is the 3rd leading cause of cancer-related death in United States.
Every dollar I raise, will go directly to Project Purple and will be used to fulfill its mission. Your contribution, of course, is tax-deductible. I've personally committed to raise $4,000.00.
Every dollar of my fundraising campaign matters. To count toward my goal, your contribution needs to be received by October 24, 2016.
I hope and trust that you will support me and my family in this cause that is so close to our hearts!
If Grampy can do HARD things, so can I! <3
Thank you for your love and support!