BENEFITING: PROJECT PURPLE
ORGANIZER: PROJECT PURPLE
EVENT DATE: Mar 20, 2016
Friends and Family,
First of all, thank you so much for visiting my Project Purple Fundraising page. As many of you know, I ran my first half marathon 2 years ago with Team Project Purple and I have been (maybe obsessively) running races ever since. I am so excited to be running in the New York City Half Marathon again this year, and even more excited to have the opportunity to raise additional funds for such an amazing organization.
For those of you not familar with Project Purple, they are a non-profit organization dedicated to the mission of raising awareness and funds to defeat pancreatic cancer. Running is their primary fundraiser activity and with the help of runners from across the world have been providing research funding, patient financial aid, and scholarships since 2010. Project Purple is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with Pancreatic cancer as well as for their loved ones.
Approximately 48,000 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2015 in the U.S. alone, and 80% of those patients (40,000 people) will die within a year. A mere 6% of all patients will survive longer than 5 years. The average Life expectancy for those diagnosed with metastatic pancreatic cancer is just 3 to 6 months.
As shocking and saddening as these facts are, Pancreatic Cancer still remains the least-funded of the top 10 cancers. Pancreatic cancer only received 5% of the funds allocated by the government for cancer research.
It is my goal through running with Team Project Purple to raise awareness about this lack of funding, in the hopes that someday soon early detecttion for Pancreatic Cancer will be possible and better treatment options will be available. And in hopes that soon this minimal 5-year survival rate will no longer be the case.
As many of you may know, this is a cause that is deeply important to me. I will be running this race in honor of my Nana, who was (and continues to be) an incredible inspiration to me in so many ways, in hopes that I can help spare other families of the pain that this disease can cause. Through her own life, my Nana taught me that you can achieve any goal you set your mind to and since she passed away I have worked very hard to resonate that same determination and dedication in my own life. With each step that I take through my training and on the race day, I will think about her and about all of the kindness and support that I have received from each of you.
I hope that you will consider making a donation to my fundraiser. Each dollar we raise will make a difference in the life of someone battling this devastating disease.
Thank you all for your incredible support