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Finding a cure for pancreatic cancer couldn't get more personal for me. I am not saying that I have suffered more than any other family or caregiver who has lost a loved one to cancer. But I lost both parents to the same terrible, destructive disease.
My Father died when I was 3 years old. My Mother told me that back then people did not talk about cancer. Once he was diagnosed he passed in less than 6 months.
In 2015 my Mother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. This seemed like a cruel joke. She was a 21-year breast cancer survivor, had hidden from the Nazis during World War II, raised me by herself and was living a fun-filled, productive life.
Fortunately participation in a trial study seemed to prolong my Mother's life for 25 months. We were able to do some traveling during a couple of chemo holidays, and she always hoped to become eligible for an Immunotherapy trial.
Pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rate of all major cancers, at just 9%. This deadly disease has stolen our best and our brightest, but it can't take away our determination.
I've stepped up to Wage Hope at PurpleStride, the walk to end pancreatic cancer. Will you help me rewrite the future of this disease by making a donation today?
Every dollar that you give ensures that the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network can continue working to improve outcomes for pancreatic cancer patients and their families. By donating today, you are supporting vital efforts to double pancreatic cancer survival by 2020.
Purple ribbons aren't enough. Please join me in the fight today.