If you know me, you know this story already.
But I run for Project Purple because the story needs to be told until nobody else has to have one like it.
Pancreatic cancer took my mother out of my life in 2013. It left me blindsided, angry, and wanting to fight back. In 2014, I joined Project Purple in the fight, and after the privilege of running with this team in the Marine Corps and Chicago Marathons, I am honored to run down cancer with them in New York this fall.
Here's what you should know:
This year, pancreatic cancer surpassed breast cancer and became the third leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States.
Project Purple works to fulfill their mission -- to find a cure for pancreatic cancer and to improve the lives of patients through support, hope and compassion -- by funding several crucial programs:
- Funding for critical pancreatic cancer research, such as 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.
- Funding for studies which seek effective methods of treatment
- Offering grants to graduate students who are pursuing a career in pancreatic cancer research
- Assisting current patients through their Patient Financial Aid program
- Providing patients with Blankets of Hope Care Bags because no one should this battle on their own
I would have given anything in 2013 for more time. Currently, only 9% of pancreatic cancer patients will survive 5 years. I believe that can change, and I'm running so somebody else can have the time that I didn't.