Laura Stone

Laura Stone

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Raised: $1,964

Goal: $200

Welcome to My PurpleStride Personal Fundraising Page!

Pancreatic cancer does not stop or slow down, and neither do we!

My husband Henry was a strong, healthy man in his 50s until shortly before his pancreatic cancer diagnosis. He had had chronic back pain since his 20s due to lifting activities but managed that with exercise and chiropractic treatments. Like many people, he had occasional digestive issues that he treated with over-the-counter treatment. During the last couple of years before his diagnosis, he started feeling run-down but attributed this to needing more sleep and being over 50. Henry’s colonoscopy and endoscopy a year prior to diagnosis were deemed normal. The doctor who examined him for his annual physical deemed him healthy although “Mr. Stone complains of being tired and thinks it’s because he’s aging.” Henry had gone to an ER due to stabbing chest and abdominal pains 2 months before the terrible diagnosis, but the diagnostic scans turned up nothing abnormal.

During the month of November 2018, Henry managed to attend political rallies and get-out-the-vote activities, and Thanksgiving. However, his discomfort became less and less tolerable. Henry eventually switched to a new primary care doctor who ran more aggressive and expensive diagnostic tests. We received the terrible news on November 30, 2018.

After the pancreatic cancer diagnosis, his deterioration was rapid, and we lost him 39 days later. We have learned that pancreatic cancer can begin in someone’s body 6 to 11 years before it’s detected and by that time, it has spread to other areas and becomes untreatable.

Henry was a beautiful, kind, brilliant, caring person who was loved and is missed by all who knew him.

I’m going to help make progress, with your support.

I’m participating in PanCAN’s PurpleStride, a year-round national movement that funds lifechanging programs and services for pancreatic cancer patients and their families.

Every dollar you give means more patients can benefit from PanCAN’s free, one-on-one support, personalized information, service and resources that can make a real difference in their lives. 

Please make a gift of any size to get me one step closer to my fundraising goal and improving more patients’ lives. 

Patients and families need us now more than ever.

Thank you for your support.

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Laura's Achievements

  • Connected
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    Fundraise

  • Made a
    Personal
    Donation

  • Updated
    My Fundraising
    Page

  • Reached
    Fundraising
    Goal

  • I'm a
    PurpleStride
    Alum

  • I've Received
    5+ Donations
    Toward my Goal

  • $100

    Raised $100
    for 1:1 support for
    4 patients

  • $270

    Raised $270 for
    27 educational
    packets

  • $480

    Raised $480 to
    support 1 research
    grantee for 3 weeks

  • $1,000GRANDCLUB

    Raised $1K
    to be in the
    Grand Club

About PanCAN's PurpleStride

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s (PanCAN) PurpleStride is a year-round national movement that funds life-changing programs and services to accelerate progress for pancreatic cancer patients.

On one powerful day through nearly 60 PurpleStride events nationwide, pancreatic cancer survivors, families, caregivers, researchers and supporters will join together to honor everyone affected by the disease.

PurpleStride is the number-one way PanCAN raises money to fight pancreatic cancer on all fronts — through research, clinical initiatives, patient services, advocacy and nationwide volunteer support. Learn more.