My Aunt, Jenelle Beeler Callahan was always a role model to those around her. She was the fifth of seven children, my mother's youngest sister. Jenelle always worked to better our world she spent as much time outdoors biking and hiking and communing with nature as she possibly could. Jenelle had several professions throughout her life and they were always being in service to others, and eventually to our nation. Late in 2015 Jenelle started experiencing back pain and abdominal pain, after having her gynecologist check it out, they determined that she needed a hysterectomy for fibrous tumors. She scheduled that on March 30, 2016, due to complications after surgery Jenelle went back into the hospital two weeks later and the doctors had to open her up because her abdomen was full of fluids. While in surgery they discovered she had pancreatic cancer. After several weeks on a ventilator post surgically she came off of it on May 4. Just 8 days later on May 11, 2016 she passed away, the pancreatic cancer had spread through all of her organs and they think it had reached her brain. My Aunt was 52 years young, she never actually knew she had pancreatic cancer but had she known she would've been first in line to support Project Purple so that no one else would have to go through the pain and agony that she felt; and now the pain and agony that our family is feeling. My hope in teaming up with Project Purple is to raise funds for research. So that no other family has to lose a daughter, a sister, a wife, and a mother of the highest caliber. The first tuxedo I ever wore was when I was in her wedding at the age of five, I wore it to honor that moment in her life. Now I'm going to wear purple in a very small way to honor her again! Your support of project purple helping me reach my goal of raising $1000 for research to beat this sometimes silent but always deadly disease would be deeply appreciated
Project Purple is 501(c)(3) not for profit organization with a mission of raising awareness and funds towards a cure for pancreatic cancer. Our ultimate goal is to see a cure put us out of business in the next five years. Sadly the statistics are staggering. Pancreatic cancer is the 4th largest killer of all cancer killers and the least funded of the top 10 cancers. It is also the only cancer on the top 10 list with a single digit survival rate after 5 years.