This April I received a call from my mom, on the verge of tears, telling me that the doctor had found a large mass on my grandmother's pancreas. After 3 long days in the hospital, with numerous tests and meetings with doctors from a variety of specialties, Gran was diagnosed with adenocarcinoma pancreatic cancer. Her tumor is inoperable and she is in the middle of going through a combination chemo, radiation, and immunotherapies. This news has considerably shaken my family, but we are all doing the most we can to stay positive and look to a better future.
Pancreatic cancer is ranked fourth on the national mortality list of cancers, yet the funding and public awareness it receives is minimal. Early detection is very difficult due to the ambiguity of early symptoms, and late-stage tumors are often untreatable. The money I am raising for Project Purple will go toward funding research at some of the top institutes in the country, as well as to aiding patients and families affected by this disease. This November, I will be running the New York City Marathon as a member of Project Purple's team: 26.2 miles that I am dedicating to Gran.
Ten years ago, my mom, Gran and I spent a week wandering the streets of New York City. This trip is one of my fondest memories with the two of them, and I am incredibly excited to be racing through these same streets, decked out in my Project Purple gear. Finishing my first marathon in Los Angeles this March was the most amazing experience I've ever had. It showed me the profound strength, both mental and physical, that each and every one of us has inside, and I will run the New York City Marathon as a tribute to Gran's strength and that of every other individual affected by cancer.
Any donation would mean SO much to me, no matter how big or small. I can't wait to share all the love and good vibes of the New York running community, and I'll make sure to send them out to all of you as well. It really is the small actions that make such a large difference in the lives around us. Thank you!!