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Pamela Kay Harrison, my brothers wife of 34 years, passed away on Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 at the age of 53 after a courageous 2.5 year battle with Pancreatic Cancer. She is survived by her husband Matthew, four children, Dan (Carly), Greg (Meagan), Michael and Christopher, father Gordon, and siblings Terri (Troy), Paul (Mary) Gary and Angie. Pam (Gram Pam, Nana) is also survived by 3 grandchildren, Aiden, Nolan (Dan and Carly) and Kaitlyn (Michael).
After moving to Plano TX in 1990, Pam became an avid volunteer at the kids schools and Scouts. Pam was the band booster president for Clark, Plano East and Plano Senior High Schools. Pam also was an integral part of the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts while 3 of her sons achieved the scouts highest level of Eagle!!!
Pam's positive attitude during her battle with cancer was unsurpassed, and just seeing her you'd have no clue that she was fighting for her life. Despite biweekly sessions of Chemotherapy (54 total), Pam lived life to the absolute fullest and found time to spend time with her friends and family and she traveled extensively; as far away as Hawaii with her sister Terri and husband Matt to celebrate her grandmother's 100th Birthday; a dream sail boat experience off the Carolina Coast with Matt; a winter trip to Minneapolis to experience the Loppet and visit me and my parents; to Cedar Rapids Iowa to visit her Dad; to Colorado to meet her future son's In-Laws; and most recently to Destin FL to experience one of her favorite places on the planet, the BEACH!!!!! Just a name a few trips...
On April 31st of 2019, Pam took a turn for the worse and was admitted to the hospital. While her pancreatic cancer was contained, they found a different cancer in her spinal column and her brain. After 10 rounds of radiation therapy, she was transferred to an amazing hospice facility in Dallas. During regular visits by her friends and family, it was rare to not find a smile on her face! On Saturday, May 18th she participated in her son Greg and Megan's wedding. Laughter and tears was the norm! 4 days later, on May 21st she passed away peacefully in her sleep with Matt at her side! We all have a lot to learn about her mentality while faced with death.
Rest in Peace Pam, I love you with all my heart!!!
Please consider contributing to the PanCan Program in her name, and/or others you know affected by this dreadful disease!!!
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.
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