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Project Purple TCS New York City Marathon 2016

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BENEFITING: PROJECT PURPLE

ORGANIZER: PROJECT PURPLE

EVENT: 2016 TCS NEW YORK CITY MARATHON

EVENT DATE: Nov 06, 2016

Amber Turcogeorge

THE STORY:

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!

Amber xo

Fundraising Websites - Crowdrise

$4,317

MONEY RAISED
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  • Nanny

    $100

  • Ken Crowley

    $50

  • Gomez Family

    $25

  • Koehler Family

    $25

  • Dick and Darlene Munroe

    $25

  • Putsy & Margi Alosa

    $25

  • Nichole Davis

    $25

  • Gale Martel-Terilli

    $50

  • Jeff Plasz

    $100

  • Ray McNulty

    $25

  • Daniel Rutherford

    $25

  • Karl

    $100

  • Esther Sayer

    $50

  • Tom and Lisa

     

  • Sue Noel

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $30

  • Alfred and Christine Bodi

    $150

  • Marge Hart

    $40

  • E&R Customers

    $28

  • Joe and Kathy

    $100

  • Jonathan and Ryan

    $50

  • Pat & Wendy Caveny

    $100

  • E&R Customers

    $60

  • Greg J. Hayes

    $25

  • Linn

    $25

  • Elizabeth McKowen

    $20

  • Richard Bunker

    $20

  • E&R Customers

    $17

  • April Rudy

    $25

  • Duane Howard

    $25

  • Michael Sydney

    $100

  • Sierra Sanchez

    $50

  • Eric Federspill

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Mike Fox

    $20

  • Anonymous

    $26

  • George Bruno

    $20

  • E&R Customers

    $35

  • kirsten engstrom

    $30

  • Anonymous

    $40

  • Nicolasa Moreau

     

  • David Vachon

    $25

  • Matt Estey

    $25

  • E&R Laundry & Dry Cleaners

    $1,500

  • Dream Marine-William

    $37

  • Amber Turcogeorge

    $25

  • John Xgoirios

    $25

  • John Cullity

    $20

  • Margaritas Management Group, Inc

    $44

  • Ed Ithier

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • derek st cyr

    $50

  • Kimberly D'Agostino

    $50

  • Hunter and Friends

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Bob McGuinness

    $50

  • kim and jody soucy

    $50

  • Bravelets LLC

    $80

  • William Zorn

    $100

  • James Geary

    $25

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108% Raised of$4,000 Goal

The Team: $295,009 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Team Alex

Amount Raised

$19,477

 

65% Raised of$29,750 Goal

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Team Judson

Amount Raised

$15,589

 

127% Raised of$12,250 Goal

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Fotis Hasiotis

Amount Raised

$10,436

 

104% Raised of$10,000 Goal

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Anamarie Francisco

Amount Raised

$10,109

 

101% Raised of$10,000 Goal

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Team Aguilar

Amount Raised

$9,096

 

182% Raised of$5,000 Goal

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Jill, Precilla, Brooke, Lindsay Tea...

Amount Raised

$7,870

 

112% Raised of$7,000 Goal

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Team Xistris

Amount Raised

$7,612

 

109% Raised of$7,000 Goal

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Caryssa and Ari

Amount Raised

$7,438

 

106% Raised of$7,000 Goal

Donor Comments

William Zorn

William Zorn

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

James Geary

James Geary

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Bravelets LLC

Bravelets LLC

DONATION: $80

2 years ago

kim and jody soucy

kim and jody soucy

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Bob McGuinness

Bob McGuinness

DONATION: $50

Good luck, Amber! 2 years ago

Anonymous

Anonymous

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Hunter and Friends

Hunter and Friends

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Kimberly D'Agostino

Kimberly D'Agostino

DONATION: $50

So proud of you!!! It's been so much fun training together! 2 years ago

derek st cyr

derek st cyr

DONATION: $50

In memory of mom and dad 2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $25

2 years ago