I am a pancreatic cancer survivor. Earlier this year, we discovered the tumor, quite by accident. Typically, pancreatic cancer has no symptoms until it is too late. I was one of the lucky ones, not only did we discover it early, but it was also operable. This is not usually the case. Now halfway through my chemo treatments, I am looking forward to a long and healthy life. Unfortunately, so many others do not have this chance.
Just this year, pancreatic cancer has surpassed breast cancer to be the second most lethal cancer in the U.S. It is estimated that more than 53,000 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the United States this year and approximately 72 percent of patients will die in the first year of diagnosis. Despite this fact, pancreatic cancer only receives 2% of the federal funding from the National Cancer Institute.
This needs to change. This is why I'm raising money in support of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network by participating in PurpleStride. By making a donation to me, you are supporting efforts to double survival for this deadly disease by 2020.
Please make a donation today and help me to reach my fundraising goal.