Wage Hope at PurpleStride. The walk to end pancreatic cancer.
Wage Hope to end pancreatic cancer
Our story began back in January 2001 when my mom had a Whipple performed to remove a tumor in her pancreas. Unfortunately there was not much known about Pancreatic cancer then. The tumor was removed successfully. In the summer of 2003, my mom started to have abdominal pains, and went back to her oncologist. They couldn't figure out why, and asked the surgeon that performed the Whipple to run tests on her pancreas. The surgeon ran tests, and her pancreas was fine, but that the cancer had popped up in her esophagus and lungs. God called my mom home at the age of 64 on June 22, 2004.
My oldest brother Rob "Rocky" was diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer in July 2013 at the age of 51. He was the healthiest person I know, which is why I think it helped him fight. My brother participated in treatments and several trial studies in Montgomery, Alabama, San Antonio, Texas, and Atlanta Georgia. He endured many surgeries including a Whipple, radiation, multiple chemotherapy regimens, and faced them all with courage, grace, and hope.
Rob married his high school sweetheart, Lisa, and were blessed with 2 wonderful sons. Lisa walked along side Rob every step of the way.
My brother's faith in God was so strong that anyone who knew him could see the comfort God was providing him and our whole family.
My brother fought all the way to the end when God called him home on December 17, 2018 at the young age of 56.
Pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rate of all major cancers, at just 10%. This deadly disease has stolen our best and our brightest, but it can’t take away our determination.
I’ve stepped up to Wage Hope at PurpleStride, the walk to end pancreatic cancer.Will you help me rewrite the future of this disease by making a donation today?
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Purple ribbons aren’t enough. Please join me in the fight today.