Lucy Karl





  • Xan celebrating his 33d birthday

    Xan celebrating his 33d birthday

Xan Harwood-Karlik Purples Strides: Yes We Xan

Help Lucy raise $10,000.00

Dearest Friends and Family,

We hope you will join us again this year for our 4th Purple Stride PDX walk on September 29, 2018. Whether you walk side-by-side with us in PDX or virtually, your love and support are critical to helping Xan stay strong as he continues to fight this disease. As I write this, it has been 3 years 8 months and 17 days (7/28/18) since Xan was diagnosed. Since that awful November 2014 day, Xan has never wavered in his courage and determination to stay strong and resilient and to live life fully. As many ofyou know, Xan has weathered a hell of a lot since November 11, 2014 including 2 clinical trials;chem o; radiation; Whipple surgery; metastases three separate times; and over 40 cycles of FOLFIRINOX. More importantly, Xan has lived a lot~learning to surf and kiteboard through Project Koru; becoming a thoughtful, compelling speaker/fundraiser for PanCan and other organizations that support cancer patients; being a compassionate guide to others diagnosed with cancer; becoming an ambassador for other young adults with cancer; working full-time; witnessing the birth of his son; celebrating his son's first birthday; and being a loving partner to his beautiful wife and a loving son, brother, cousin and friend. Xan is proof positive that one can live fully while battling Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. If Xan can accomplish all of this while having 3 days of chemo out of every 14 days, month after month and year after year, then I am confident that together we can rise to the challenge to reach this year's team goal of $25,000.

Xan does not have the luxury of quitting. Please don't get tired of supporting us. The funds raised support PanCan's critical research grants and patient support. We desperately need breakthroughs in clinical treatments so pancreatic cancer patients can have a better chance of survival. Remember the 5-year survival rate is only 9% and for those with Stage 4 the 5-year survival rate is too painfully low for me to even put on paper. Let's work together to get those survival statistics into the double digits for all stages of pancreatic cancer.

With deepest gratitude, Xan's mom, Lucy
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