It has been just over three years since I lost my dad to this vicious cancer and the emotions that come up when I think of his life and death are still overwhelming. I can't picture a day when they will not be. My dad was a classic - he worked hard to make a good life for our family, could tackle any home improvement project, taught us lessons we didn't always want to learn, and always made time for family trips and outings. The childhood memories are endless and I was looking forward to so many more in adulthood.
My dad was diagnosed with Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer in June 2016. There were no detectable warning signs and it was only discovered after what was thought to be an issue with his gall bladder. The disease acted quickly and by the time I saw him in early July he had dropped to an almost unrecognizable weight. He had immediately began treatment and remained optimistic as he continued to battle through rounds and rounds of chemo. He fought every step of the way and never gave up hope. He passed away on December 23, 2016, a mere 6 months after his diagnosis.
Unfortunately, there are too many stories like my dad's when it comes to this cancer. So I'm asking you to help me fight harder. We need more support and research and I believe in this organization's commitment in continuing to push forward for the fight against this disease.
Pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rate of all major cancers, at just 9%. This deadly disease has stolen our best and our brightest, but it can’t take away our determination.
Our team has stepped up to Wage Hope at PurpleStride, the walk to end pancreatic cancer.Will you help us rewrite the future of this disease by making a donation today?
Every dollar that you donate ensures that the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network can continue working to create better outcomes for pancreatic cancer patients and their families. By donating to our team, you are supporting vital efforts to double pancreatic cancer survival by 2020.
Purple ribbons aren’t enough. Please join us in the fight today.