I am walking in the Purple Steps for a Cure and running the Lincoln Half Marathon May 6th and 7th in honor of my Dad, Lincoln Faurer, an amazing, loving Husband, Father, Grandpa, and Great Grandpa who was the happiest when he was with his family. My Dad fought the good fight against pancreatic cancer for almost 2 years. During that time he was treated by such a great team of doctors, nurses and therapists in the Omaha medical community - he spoke so highly of the care he received here and felt it contributed to his having the extra time he did with his family. Pancreatic Cancer is the 4th largest cause of cancer deaths in our country. It is indiscriminate in picking its victims - young, old, male, female, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers- causing pain and heartache to countless families. Money raised through Purple Steps will go directly to Project Purple, an organization whose mission is finding a cure for pancreatic cancer while helping those patients suffering from it with compassion and support. I didn’t know if I had another half marathon in me but when I realized that this was the 40th Lincoln Marathon/Half Marathon and they had selected Project Purple as their charity, I knew it was a sign to get moving. Dad had cheered me on years ago when I ran some of my earlier races- seeing his smiling face, encouraging me when I was hitting a hill/wall and thinking, “what the heck am I doing running with all these crazy people?” This weekend I know I will hit those hills and once again wonder what I’ve gotten myself into but this time, both in the walk and half marathon, I will be thinking of him with each step, missing him tremendously, but knowing I am doing something good in his name and that he would be proud.