TEAM

kilometers for ken

kilometers for ken

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Raised: $1,029

Goal: $2,000

Welcome to our team fundraising page!

On April 24, 2020, our family lost its patriarch to pancreatic cancer. When Ken started treatment at Dana Farber Cancer Institute in 2017, he was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer and was told that the prognosis for most patients was up to one year. We we were lucky enough to spend another two and a half years making memories together.

Ken was a proud member of the United States Air Force, enlisting in 1983 and serving as an MP for six years at Pease Air Force Base. After leaving the service, Ken began his nineteen year career as a repairman at Nard's Appliance in Somersworth where he flourished, became a friend to all, and was a beloved member of the community. Eventually Ken struck out on his own, starting the repair business, “Ken’s Appliance,” and simultaneously began his transition into the art of photography.

A self-taught photographer, Ken especially loved capturing scenes of people, nature, and anything he found interesting. He adored spending time outdoors and felt many lessons could be learned in nature if one only took the time to watch and learn. While Ken loved his work and photography, his true passion was his family. He truly loved his wife, and was exceptionally active in his children’s, and grandchildren’s lives. He was their biggest fan and proud of all their accomplishments.

While we feel incredibly grateful to have spent the last years of Ken's life sharing many happy moments together, traveling and making memories with family and friends, we will always wish we had more time with him. Ken had such a great love for his family, friends, and for life, even in the depths of illness and pain. Throughout his illness, Ken's faith never faulted. He remained positive, and made a commitment to live the rest of his life to the fullest. All members of Ken‘s care team at Dana-Farber were devoted to providing Ken with excellent care. They worked so well together, and with Ken, on his treatment plan, and provided positive support to him as the emotion and worry would well up. They helped him gain back his strength and determination to carry on and live his life so he could be fully invested in living happily, while sharing laughter, love, care, and support with his family, friends, and all he could reach. Even after Ken learned that his treatments had taken him as far as they could, Ken hoped that data collected from the clinical trials in which he took part would someday help other cancer patients.

On April 20th, we will walk for Ken and for all those who have suffered from pancreatic cancer - current patients, survivors, and loved ones. We appreciate any donation you may be able to make. 

To learn more about Ken and the wonderful human being that he was, please visit these links to his photography website, https://www.kenkartes.com/, as well as to an article he wrote for NH Magazine, https://www.nhmagazine.com/time-passages/

Our team is participating in PanCAN’s PurpleStride, a year-round national movement that funds lifechanging programs and services for pancreatic cancer patients and their families.

Please join our team as a participant, or make a gift of any size to get us one step closer to our fundraising goal and improving more patients’ lives. You can donate to a team member or make a general donation to the team.

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About PanCAN's PurpleStride

Local action. Nationwide impact. This is PanCAN PurpleStride, the ultimate event to end pancreatic cancer.

On One Big Day, through 60 PurpleStride events taking place across the country, pancreatic cancer survivors, families, caregivers, researchers and supporters will join together and walk to 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.