In 2010, my father lost his battle with pancreatic cancer. For those of you who didn't know him, he was the epitome of selflessness who did everything to help anyone else. He was the best father that a kid could ask for. On top of that, he dedicated his life to coaching basketball spending entire winters facilitating the St. Lukes and Waldwick youth programs over several decades.
Pancreatic cancer is a terrible disease that takes the lives of way too many people. My dad always said he volunteered all his time because someone did it for him first. In that spirit, I've decided to run the 2017 NYC Marathon for Project Purple in his honor. If he could give all the time he did for people, I'm sure I could give 26.2 miles.
Anything that you can donate is greatly appreciated, as this is a great cause that could end up helping the fight against the awful disease. Thank you so much for your support in this endeavor!
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!