Wage Hope at PurpleStride. The walk to end pancreatic cancer.
Wage Hope to end pancreatic cancer
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. In 2020, our team will walk in honor of Mark D. Scott, who passed away as a result of pancreatic cancer on November 15, 2019.
In October 2018, after experiencing abdominal pain and unexplained weight loss, Mark Scott was diagnosed with stage III pancreatic cancer. At just 56 years old, it was determined that the tumor on his pancreas was inoperable. Mark was immediately referred to Georgetown University Hospital, where he quickly began undergoing chemotherapy in an effort to shrink the tumor with the hope that it would shrink enough for doctors to remove it.
Mark remained positive throughout his first round of chemotherapy, and counted down the days and treatments until he could ring the bell that sat across from him in the infusion center, which patients rung in honor of completing treatment.
Unfortunately, scans that were conducted after his first round of chemotherapy indicated that the cancer had spread from his pancreas to his spine. In March 2019, his diagnosis was reclassified to stage IV metastatic pancreatic cancer.
Mark began a new form of chemotherapy in March 2019, still remaining positive and hopeful that the new medicine would contain the tumors. In June 2019, Mark proudly walked in he 2019 Purple Stride Walk to End Pancreatic Cancer. Despite receiving treatment just a few days before, Mark successfully completed the 5K walk and proudly crossed the finish line alongside his wife.
In September 2019, after continued chemotherapy, new scans determined that the cancer was continuing to spread; now to his pelvis and liver. The doctors determined the most recent combination of medicines were no longer an option, and recommended immunotherapy, which doctors hope will one day aid in pancreatic cancer treatment.
In October 2019, Mark became very ill and was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at Georgetown University Hospital where he stayed for 10 days until the doctors determined no further treatment options were available. Mark returned home under Hospice on Friday, November 8, 2019, and a week later, on Friday, November 15, 2019, Mark lost his battle to pancreatic cancer. Even in his final days, Mark could make everyone around him laugh with his quick wit and sense of humor.
Every dollar that you donate to this team in Mark's honor 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.