In 2013, my father-in-law, Lars, passed away from pancreatic cancer. Last year I ran the Chicago Marathon for Project Purple to raise money for pancreatic cancer research and to raise awareness about the disease. I'm continuing the fight this year by running the 2015 Twin Cities Marathon in memory of Lars. I run because I can. I run for those who can't.
Project Purple is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization with a mission of raising awareness and funds towards a cure for Pancreatic Cancer. 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 in the top 10 killer with a single digit survival rate after 5 years. My father-in-law, Lars, passed away from pancreatic cancer just one month after it was diagnosed.
The American Cancer Society’s most recent estimates for pancreatic cancer in the United States are for 2012:
- About 43,920 new cases of pancreatic cancer
- About 37,390 deaths from pancreatic cancer
- The lifetime risk of having pancreatic cancer is about 1 in 71
National Cancer Institute statistics for 2010 reveal $3,035,703,187 was donated for cancer research. Only 3% of that money was gifted to pancreatic cancer research. (Source: www.fundedresearch.cancer.gov)