2019 was our first year participating as Team SHOCKSTRONG, in honor of Ed Shock. We were beyond humbled by the donations and ever-growing roster of participants. As you will read below, Ed, and we as a family, have been involved with PANCAN and the Purple Stride since 2017, with Ed as a three-time participant throughout his fight. Now, more than ever, we are determined to continue fighting this disease and honoring Ed in our support of PANCAN's mission.
Our 2020 goal is our total from last year of $8,715, raised by $1,031, our go-to increment in the spirit of Ed's brithday.
Edward D. Shock
10/31/1963 - 3/10/2019
When Ed became a member of a club that no one wants to join, in January 2017, we had 200 #SHOCKSTRONG wristbands made to make sure he knew he had a strong team behind him. In response, his wife Therese said "there aren't 200 people that like him!" Well, with the wristbands long gone, that team of 200+ continues to channel Ed for strength and inspiration.
After a successful Whipple surgery that February from his team at Johns Hopkins, along with an immunotherapy clinical trial and advanced cyber-knife radiation, THAT June Ed was proudly wearing one of the far-too-rare white SURVIVOR shirts at the Washington, DC Purple Stride - ONE WEEK out of the hospital. Over the next two years he continued his fight as the cancer returned, trying every treatment possible including proton radiation therapy and chemotherapy. Ed was a three-time Purple Stride participant, between DC and Maryland, proudly wearing his SURVIVOR gear at each race.
Throughout his battle, Ed made no excuses and was a Purple Stride PARTICIPANT at each one he attended. If you are unable to Stride with us, we ask that you contribute towards our goal as we participate on Ed's behalf. PANCAN is a resourceful and determined organization. Please read their message below. As an organization, PANCAN has a 4-Star (out of 4) rating from Charity Navigator; the dollars go to the mission.
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.