This story is about one of the few survivors. I have been a runner for seven years and began at the age of 38. My first half and full marathons were in 2009. As of present I have finished four marathons and numerous other half marathons. I love running. This year will be my first race to raise money. A dear friend, who is an ultra-runner, was diagnosed with stage one pancreatic cancer in 2013. The year she was diagnosed she completed her first 100-mile race and finished under 24 hours. She had back pain and then went to the doctor. An x-ray revealed a small fracture in her back. A friend recommended an MRI, which revealed something worse, a tumor. Soon she was diagnosed with stage 1 cancer.
Running saved her life. And if it were not for her friend who recommended the MRI, the tumor would have been identified much later. Often pancreatic cancer doesn't get diagnosed in time. Tonia wrote a blog during her battle and kept on running. She became an inspiration for me. Not long ago I suffered a minor hamstring tear, but I got through it by reading Tonia's blog every week. Nothing compared to what she was going through and despite her pain she continued to run. I decided I can run too and so I signed up for the Pikes Peak Marathon, a run with a 7,000 feet elevation gain. I did it, and I thank Tonia. She is now getting ready to run her second 100-mile race and promoting Project Purple. The survival rate of those with pancreatic cancer is 5%. Miraculously my hero Tonia is one of the 5%!!
Pancreatic cancer awareness does not get as much publicity. Let us bring greater awareness and increase the survival rate. Please help me raise money for this cause.