Miss and Love you every day! I #demandbetter and #WageHope against Pancreatic Cancer in your memory!
Wage Hope to end pancreatic cancer
This marks our team's 10th anniversary! In some ways it is unimaginable that my mom has been gone for 10 years! I miss her so much...especially the last 2 years.
I am so proud to say that our team has repeatedly stepped up to Wage Hope at PurpleStride, the walk to end pancreatic cancer. Because of our efforts progress has been made to give others hope.
In honor of her 10 year anniversary please help us set a record for the best fundraising year ever! No amount is too small!
This deadly disease has stolen our best and our brightest, but it can’t take away our determination.
In July 2010 when my Mom was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer we never heard much of it. Jody and I were planning our wedding and my Mom apologized to me for this happening then. Truth is I would have traded places with her if I could have. After seeing the grim statistics on-line, I just knew we had to be in the 6% of the then survival rate. She had been diagnosed with Stage 4 Metastatic Pancreatic Cancer, did not qualify for the Whipple and there was only one chemotherapy drug that was considered a 'go to' and a newer one available. How is that possible? How can the odds be so against us? On September 15, 2010 my mom passed away, changing my life forever.
Two days later I saw an ad for PurpleStride in our paper and decided to go. I expected to see crowds like you do at breast cancer events and was sadly disappointed. It made me angry. It was so defeating to feel as helpless with my mom and then to see the dismal turnout. This is why I got involved with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. They have a strong passion for improving survival. They have: Patient Central which supports patients/families with the latest information on the disease, clinical trials, nutrition and will connect you with survivors. The Patient Registry serves as a means to record and collect data from a patient and physician standpoint to assist with research, treatments and early detection.
My Mom was my best friend. She was one of the most kind and generous people I've known. She would readily step up and help someone or treat them like an extended part of our family. To a fault, she would always put others before herself. How is it that she got a cancer where science had made zero progress in almost 40 years? At that time it was the 5th deadliest, now it's the 3rd, and predicted to become the 2nd. I don't want anyone to feel as helpless as we did with options available.
I cannot stress how important it is for family, friends and loved ones to come out and help create awareness. Unfortunately, so many patients do not live to tell their story or advocate for themselves. I challenge you to "be the voice" for those who are not able to be here to speak for themselves!! I never thought I'd be out here doing this but my world was forever changed when my Mom became my Angel.
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. I am also proud to say this organization also has a 5-star Charity Rating. You can be reassured your money is well utilized!!!
Purple ribbons aren’t enough. Please join us in the fight today. Join us - run, walk, volunteer, donate - there are many ways to help us #wagehope