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Survivor Tonia Smith Runs Marathon to 100 miles

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BENEFITING: PROJECT PURPLE

EVENT: 2016 Pioneer Program

EVENT DATE: Jun 05, 2015

Tonia Smith

THE STORY:

In 2013, I was a healthy married mom of two beautiful daughters. I ran 3 ultramarathons that year, including a 100 mile race. Seven weeks after my final ultramarathon, I was diagnosed with Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma. I was very lucky in that I was eligible for surgery at the time of my diagnosis. On November 18, 2013, half of my pancreas and my spleen were removed in an open surgical procedure. Between January of 2014 and June of 2014, I received 18 rounds of chemotherapy.


Being diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer has had a profound impact on my life. Knowing that only 6% of people with my illness survive for 5 years has made me appreciate what I have more than ever. I will never forget the fear that our family felt when I received my diagnosis. I wondered if I would be around to watch my daughters grow up. I remember lying in bed looking at my sleeping husband thinking how I still wanted many more years by his side. No family should experience the fear that our endured.


I was a runner before my diagnosis. I ran through all of my treatments. Three months after finishing chemotherapy, I ran a 50 mile ultramarathon. Now, I will run for Project Purple to help others who face this disease. In 2015, I will be running two marathons (Lincoln and Denver Rock and Roll). I will also be running the Bryce Canyon 100 mile race in Utah in June. This high altitude ultramarathon will climb close to 19,000 feet in the mountains of Utah.


It is my goal in life to find ways to improve the survival odds for Pancreatic Cancer. Pancreatic Cancer is the fourth most deadly cancer and is projected to become the second most deadly by 2020.Pancreatic Cancer research receives very little money from the federal government, so it is up to the public to make up for the disparity in research funding. I have set a very grueling race schedule for myself this year. The training is going to be extremely demanding. I hope that by challenging myself in this way I can bring attention to this deadly disease and raise much-needed research dollars. Please consider making a donation. Your dollars can help save lives.

Update: As of 10/11/2015, I have completed the Lincoln Full Marathon, placing third in my Age Group. I finished the Bryce 100, finishing second female overall. I also completed the Bear Chase Trail Race 50 mile, finishing second female overall. I will be running the half-marathon in Denver, so that I can be at the finish line to support my team as they run to beat pancreatic cancer!  

You can follow my journey and training here: 

https://mypancreasranaway.wordpress.com/

$6,800

MONEY RAISED
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  • Lynn Walrath

    $152

  • Stephanie Fuller

    $50

  • Donna Eriksen

    $35

  • Kathy Stott

    $50

  • Monty

    $25

  • Annie Wynn

    $50

  • Diane McManus

    $50

  • Tonia Smith

    $25

  • Anonymous

     

  • Kevin B

    $15

  • Mary Calistri/in honor of Kim Batkowski

    $50

  • Lewisburg Reiki Practice

    $25

  • Ben Quinones

    $25

  • The Drexler Family

    $100

  • Lize

    $15

  • The LaBounty Family

    $50

  • Cindy Spinello

    $25

  • monica macpherson

    $50

  • Stacey Greenberg

    $50

  • Debby Patz Clarke & John Clarke

    $200

  • Larry DeWitt

    $50

  • Kim Kazimour

    $100

  • Tori Phillips

    $25

  • Marc Scudamore and Brigitte Schimek

    $50

  • The Gouldings

    $50

  • Karen Schaefer

    $40

  • Barb & Mark

    $75

  • Chris Glynn

    $25

  • Shawn Veronese and Virginia Heskett

    $100

  • Donna Garcia-Gutierrez

    $20

  • Linda Wack

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $75

  • Richard Canedo

    $25

  • Fred

    $500

  • Roman Family

    $100

  • Kristine Sherman and Matthew Romeo

    $20

  • Scott

    $100

  • Mark Oppenheim

    $100

  • Jodi Scott

    $25

  • The Neely's

    $50

  • Keelin Hodgkins

    $27

  • Megan Hamblet

    $25

  • Mitzi Clark

    $25

  • Laura Falsone

    $50

  • Connie Chan

    $50

  • Travis, Wendy, Treyson, Haylie Russell

    $50

  • Todd Norman

    $25

  • Peg S

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $54

  • Nangel Hofmann

     

  • David and Angela Bursler

    $50

  • Jason Chan

    $500

  • Reeves Family

    $50

  • Stella and Odie

    $25

  • Rita L. Cognion

    $100

  • Tim and Kathey Dines

    $25

  • Beek VanDerbeek

    $50

  • Rob and Jenny

    $100

  • Christoph Scholtes

    $50

  • Linda Dewees

    $100

  • Terry Etterman

    $50

  • David Jellison

    $50

  • Tim and Karen

    $50

  • The Goodall Family

    $50

  • Marlene Cimons

     

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Dirty Girl

    $100

  • Amy Kangleon

    $50

  • Michael and Jennifer Browning

    $100

  • Nancy Paul

    $25

  • Bob & Nancy Ellsworth

    $25

  • Marisa Adamo Valentinetti

    $50

  • Tori Phillips

    $50

  • Flory Family

    $15

  • George and Nancy Forgette

    $50

  • Bev & Eck Zimmermann

    $100

  • Deb Smith

    $50

  • @midpackbiped

    $25

  • Helen Pelster & family

    $50

  • Marilyn Cheney

    $25

  • Slush

    $32

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Monty

    $32

  • Bridgett Cheney

    $50

  • Larry DeWitt

    $50

  • Tim

    $25

  • Arlene Lillico-Bush

    $15

  • Bob and Nancy Ellsworth

    $25

  • Mark, Addison, & Austin Earnest

    $30

  • Lisa Boohar

     

  • Monty

     

  • The Suter Family

    $50

  • Laura & Claudio Placido

    $50

  • Kathy and Brad

    $50

  • A New Leaf Flowers

    $100

  • The Kangleons

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Melissa Barry Haber

    $50

  • Richard Canedo

    $25

  • Jeff D

    $75

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136% Raised of $5,000 Goal

The Team: $6,800 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Donor Comments

Jeff D

Jeff D

DONATION: $75

Tonia , you're amazing !! Be strong girl !! 1 year ago

Richard Canedo

Richard Canedo

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Melissa Barry Haber

Melissa Barry Haber

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $50

Tonia, you are such a special person and I can not wait to run with you again. 2 years ago

The Kangleons

The Kangleons

DONATION: $50

Paula Owen and Tonia Ellsworth Smith 2 years ago

A New Leaf Flowers

A New Leaf Flowers

DONATION: $100

In memory of Paula Owen 2 years ago

Kathy and Brad

Kathy and Brad

DONATION: $50

In honor of Tonia, a true inspiration. 2 years ago

Laura & Claudio Placido

Laura & Claudio Placido

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

The Suter Family

The Suter Family

DONATION: $50

You are amazing Tonia! 2 years ago

Monty

Monty

Tonia is one of the hardest working, kindest most giving people I know. I'm rounding up my donation with the hope that even a little bit can make a difference. 2 years ago