I am excited to announce that I am officially registered for the 2017 New York City Marathon on November 5. I have done a lot of races, but only a few marathons. I have completed many races, but I only want to do full marathons when they are special to me for some reason. My parents grew up in Brooklyn, most of my relatives lived there for most or all of their lives, and I still go to New York at least once or twice a year. Running through all 5 boroughs is extremely exciting to me, and it will be a great time for my 6th full marathon!
When I signed up for this marathon, I decided to do it in support of a charity that is also special to me. The charity that I have chosen is Project Purple. From their website, “Project Purple is an impact-driven organization with a vision of a world without pancreatic cancer. Our mission is to find a cure for pancreatic cancer and improve the lives of patients through support, hope, and compassion.”
The reason I chose this particular charity is that it has meaning to me, and also to several people in my life are important to me.
My friend Carrie lost her mom to Pancreatic Cancer less than 2 years ago. I met her mom many times, including several times that she stayed in my house during her visits to DC. She has a very close family and cared a lot for them, her children, and grandchildren.
My friend Nina lost her husband to Pancreatic Cancer coincidentally on the exact same day that Carrie lost her mom. Nina has been one of my biggest supporters of my running and has even pushed me to do more than I would have done just by myself. She’s partially responsible for my running addiction.
My friend Achie lost her mother-in-law to Pancreatic Cancer a few years ago. I have known Achie for more than half of my life, and her husband Ray as well. They have a very close family, and will always be one of my best friends.
A few months ago I lost a new friend, Alan. He was also a member of my running group, the DC Front Runners. I met him for the first time in Rehoboth Beach during a run when we were both wearing our DC Front Runner shirts. Unfortunately I didn’t get the chance to know him for very long, but every time we talked I enjoyed our conversations, and he was one of the nicest people I’ve ever met.
I would love to support Project Purple to help with their mission of both finding a cure and to improve the lives of those diagnosed with it. Please join me by supporting Project Purple through my fundraising page. Any donation would be greatly appreciated towards an organization dedicated to eradicating this disease.
Thank you for your support.
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!