Wage Hope at PurpleStride. The walk to end pancreatic cancer.
Wage Hope to end pancreatic cancer
In memory of Sara Jane D'Arcy Moran.
Getting diagnosed with Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer at 45 is devastating for a wife, Mom, and soul-mate. Our twin girls were just starting High School, our son going through the tumultuous middle school years. Having lost her Dad Tom back in Ireland to this same cancer at 55, Jane knew the odds and the finite time she had to communicate to our kids all her love, wishes and aspirations knowing she would never see their dreams come to fruition. Jane fought bravely for 18 months giving of herself to unnecessary trials in the hope of a cure and her positive attitude that she could help others. It's been 8 years and every week brings another reminder of how devastating pancreatic cancer continues to be. A text last week from a running buddy who's Dad was diagnosed at Stage 2 and had a successful Whipple operation. Dinner this week with Sheila a retired who loves to eat out and casually mentions that she has progressed from Stage 2 to Stage 3, grateful that the chemo was not too tiring on her body. The survival rate has gone from 6% when Jane was diagnosed to 9% survival today. More has to be done.
PurpleStride Tampa Bay 2020 is the signature local event in support of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, the national organization creating hope in a comprehensive way through research, patient support, community outreach and advocacy for a cure.
• Pancreatic cancer is expected to be the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths with nearly 42k deaths, bypassing breast cancer. • The one-year survival rate is only 24%. • The five-year survival rate is the lowest of all cancers at 8%. By comparison, breast cancer is at 91% and prostate cancer is at 99%.
Purple ribbons aren’t enough. Please join me in the fight today.