BENEFITING: PROJECT PURPLE
ORGANIZER: PROJECT PURPLE
EVENT DATE: Oct 01, 2017
In the summer 2001, my father, Aurther "Buzz" Luhm, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. His prognosis was grim, with his initial doctors giving him only 4-6 months to live. He was instructed to return home and get his affairs in order, since they felt there was nothing that could be done at this point.
But my dad, being the stubborn ;-) and strong willed person he was, refused to give up. He and my mom sought out the best doctors in the area and he was willing to give it his all in fighting this ugly disease. He also vowed to remain strong, positive and hopeful for our entire family.
Throughout doctor's visits, chemo, radiation, medications, and his declining health, he continued to work hard at his job, help those in the community, enjoy the activities he loved like hunting, fishing and archery, and of course, continued to be the loving husband and father he had always been. And most of all, his incredible sense of humor and zest for life held strong. Despite the pain he suffered and gravity of the situation, he continued to crack silly jokes and make light of it all. His positive attitude, strength and courage were truly amazing and inspiring!
He continued to fight hard and hold on to hope for 18 months after his diagnosis. But despite all of his and his doctors' efforts, the disease eventually spread to his surrounding organs and ultimately took his life. He passed the evening of January 7th, 2003 at the age of 48. Though his time here on earth was cut entirely way too short, his spirit remains and will forever live in our hearts.
When I ran my first marathon in 2010, the Marine Corpors Marathon, I did so in my father's honor because he had served in the United State Marine Corps for 21 years. He is in my heart every time I lace up for a big race and I couldn't think of a better way to run in his memory than running for Project Purple. My goal is to not just raise money for pancreatic cancer but also awareness for this awful disease.
Please continue reading for more information on pancreatic cancer, Project Purple and how you can donate to the cause...
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!