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I have been wanting to run the marathon since the moment I saw my girlfriend Kelly and her brother Ryan cross the line in the 2014 NYC Marathon. I have always been a sportsman, a rugby player for many years before my desk job took over, but had never seen or even experienced the buzz of a marathon, from that day I was hooked. That day Kelly and I were pretty new but I had supported her through her training and wanted to be there for race day. I got a megabus up from DC extremely early,leaving my parents who were over from the UK , to make sure I could be at mile 25 which was where we were planning to meet the family. I stood with Annie(Mom) & Mollie(sister) and a group of friends cheering them on with home made signs and screaming at the top of our lungs, being with Annie when she saw both of them was a moment I will forever cherish, she was going through her battle with Pancreatic cancer and I know it made her so proud to see them trying to make a difference and achieving such an amazing accomplishment.
The next 18 months I shared amazing highs with Kelly , Annie and the family as we went to weddings , on vacations and to family football games spending amazing times together as Kelly and I moved in together and our relationship went from strength to strength. We also were with her during the battle and spent weekends at home and tried to be there as much as Kelly, Ryan & Mollie could to comfort their mom in those desperate times. Sadly Annie lost her battle in October of 2015 which was devastaing to go through for all that new her. I have seen the devastation this disease and other cancers can cause first hand so if I can raise money to help fight this battle and provide much needed dollars for treatment and research/ support it would be a huge honor. Annie taught me so much in the short time I new her about strength, courage and the fact that above all family comes first. I will also be running for my friend and Team mate Jules who lost his battle with Cancer in early 2017 - he was fierce competitor on the Rugby field and an absolute gent off it , another amazing example along with Annie of pure strength and spirit in the worst circumstance imaginable.
I suppose in summary running marathons is something that has been ever present during my relationship with my beautiful girlfriend and her family and I would like to run my first one in Annies memory and to continue the family legacy that Annie herself started! Annie had running in her DNA and passed this onto her kids, honestly I was not much of a runner before I met Kelly and thank them all for bringing this into my life, I will be thinking of Annie throughout my training and as I run the race, keeping her mantra in my head throughout ; 'See you at the finish line'
Lastly, through my time playing Rugby I have been fortunate enough to be involved in some great teams with a strong team spirit and I was struck by the amazing team culture of Project Purple; which is what I am going to need if I am going to smash what will certainly be the biggest challenge of my life!
I am hugely excited for this challenge and have begun training hard and now comes the fund raising efforts.
If you could kindly donate to my page however large or small EVERY donation will help me achieve my goal and therefore help people through their battles and hopefully go some way to finding the cure for this disease.
Thanks for reading and 'See you at the finish line'
PROJECT PURPLE wrote -
This year pancreatic cancer surpassed breast cancer and became the third leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. It is more important than ever that we continue to work hard towards reversing this trend.
Our mission at Project Purple is to find a cure for pancreatic cancer and to improve the lives of patients through support, hope and compassion. The money raised for Project Purple helps us fulfill our mission statement by funding several crucial programs.
Project Purple provides funding for critical pancreatic cancer research. Thanks to our donors we are helping fund research for an early detection test for pancreatic cancer. There is currently no form of early detection for this deadly form of cancer. The best odds at survival come when the disease is caught in its earliest stages. We also fund studies which seek effective methods to treat this deadly disease. Finally, we offer grants to graduate students who are pursuing a career in pancreatic cancer research.
We at Project Purple also recognize there are patients who are fighting pancreatic cancer right now and they need our help. Project Purple assists current patients through our Patient Financial Aid program. We also provide patients with Blankets of Hope Care Bags. We believe no one should this battle on their own.
Though the five-year survival rate for pancreatic cancer stands at just 9%, we know that with your help we can make our vision of a world without pancreatic cancer a reality!