Wage Hope at PurpleStride. The walk to end pancreatic cancer.
Wage Hope to end pancreatic cancer
In April 2016, Beth was diagnosed with Stage 4 Metastatic Pancreatic Cancer. I was 57 years old. I was not a candidate for surgery. After 4 years, 85 chemo treatments (and counting) and 5 months of an oral therapy that only worked briefly, I am still here. I know research has made the difference in keeping me alive. But I am scared - my treatment options are becoming fewer and fewer. I will continue to fight - for myself, for those who love me and for the 57,000 people who will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year.
Pancreatic cancer has the lowest 5 year survival rate of all major cancers, at just 10%. Beth's response to therapy has been remarkable and would not have been possible just 10 years ago when, thanks to research, a new therapy later became standard. Still, Beth is now on her 4th treatment regimen and there are few options remaining. We want to make her response the norm, not the exception, and make further progress in research to open up new, effective treatments for pancreatic cancer, for Beth and all current and future patients.
Last year, we raised over $10,000 for PanCAN PurpleStride, which supports research grants, coordination of tumor molecular profiling ("Know Your Tumor") to help find targeted therapy, patient information and advocacy. We have been active volunteers for PanCAN, including advocating for legislative funding.
This year, although the PurpleStride walk is virtual, Ian will do a one day 40 mile bicycle ride prior to the October 4 event. Please help us improve outcomes for pancreatic cancer patients with your donation to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN), a 4-star non-profit from Charity Navigator. No donation is too small (or big). We very much appreciate your support.