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  • THESE FOUR ARE THE REASON I WILL NEVER STOP FIGHTING

    THESE FOUR ARE THE REASON I WILL NEVER STOP FIGHTING

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Raised: $5,445

Goal: $3,000

Welcome to our team fundraising page!

August 2019 marked a life-changing event for me. After not feeling well, I went to my primary care physician who ordered diagnostic tests, a CT, MRI, and a EUS biopsy. The results showed the dreaded diagnosis of stage III adenocarcinoma pancreatic cancer. I have worked in health care for 38 years, but nothing could have prepared me for a cancer diagnosis. Emotions all over the place, I knew I had to get a game plan if I wanted to beat this horrible disease. 


So my journey began. I met first with a Medical Oncologist who recommended 12 rounds of chemotherapy. Halfway through my chemo treatments, I met with a Surgical Oncologist. At the time, he felt my tumor was unresectable which meant I wasn’t a candidate for the Whipple procedure. Instead, I was offered an alternative surgery that included an ablation of the mass and a procedure that was similar to the Whipple. I opted to have the major surgery. It was grueling, but I felt it was something that would increase my chance of survival. Following surgery, I started back with 6 more rounds of chemo and 28 radiation treatments. We’re now waiting on more scans to see the progress. 


I am so grateful for the amazing support system I have had throughout this experience. All the prayers, love, and support from family and friends has been overwhelming. If there’s one thing I’ve learned on this journey, it’s that you have to remember the important things in life - God, family, and friends. I’ve learned to take one day at a time and to stay positive because with a good attitude, anything is possible! 


I’ve stepped up to wage hope at PurpleStride because a 10% survival rate is not good enough. Many people don’t realize the lack of funds and support for pancreatic cancer compared to the others. PurpleStride is essential to the fundraising for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s work to improve our outcomes. 


If you would like to join me in the wage for hope you can sign up on my team to walk, or if that’s not possible and you would like to make a donation that would be great too! Thanks for all the continued support. 

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About PanCAN's PurpleStride

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s (PanCAN) PurpleStride is a year-round national movement that funds life-changing programs and services to accelerate progress for pancreatic cancer patients.

At nearly 60 PurpleStride events in communities nationwide, pancreatic cancer survivors, families, caregivers, researchers and supporters passionate about changing the future of pancreatic cancer come together to celebrate and honor everyone affected by the disease.

PurpleStride is the number-one way PanCAN raises money to fight pancreatic cancer on all fronts — through research, clinical initiatives, patient services, advocacy and nationwide volunteer support. Learn more.