Four Days to Race Day!
November 14, 2017
In December of 2014 Fred and I found out we were going to be grandparents for the very first time. In January of 2015 Fred was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Our granddaughter was born on June 19, 2015. Fred’s battle with pancreatic cancer was lost on July 26, 2015.
It’s hard to put into words the emotional toll this disease takes on a family. There is the hope and then despair and then hope again in the progression of this fast-paced cancer; there are thoughts of so much more life to live; there is much suffering. Fred won’t know the joy of watching his grandchildren grow up, he will never get to fish with our sons again, he will never watch another sunset from his porch at the lake. This seems so incredibly unfair.
When Fred was first diagnosed with cancer one of the first places we turned was to Project Purple, initially for information about the disease and clinical trials and in the later stages for financial aid. This November 18th I will be running the Soldier Marathon/Half Marathon in Columbus, Georgia with the 2017 Project Purple Pioneer Program. I am running in Fred's memory and also to bring awareness to this horribly aggressive form of cancer and raise money for Project Purple, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about pancreatic cancer by providing research funding, patient financial aid, and scholarships. Please help me reach my goal of $2,000 and help researchers find a cure for this deadly disease by donating whatever amount you can. Together we can find a cure.
Facts about pancreatic cancer and Project Purple: 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! http://www.projectpurple.org