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In March of 2017, I was diagnosed with Stage III locally advanced pancreatic cancer (adenocarcinoma). Before my diagnosis I lived a very healthy lifestyle which included running as many miles as I could each week. Learning that I was inoperable was difficult to swallow because I knew surgery was the best possible option to achieve remission. So I began a 6-month treatment journey which included chemotherapy and chemo-radiation in hopes that my tumor would shrink and help me become eligible for the whipple procedure. Over these 6-months, I began to learn just how difficult chemotherapy would be and gained an entirely new perspective around mental toughness.With the loving support of my wife Jen, my two children (Nick and Samantha), my extended family, friends, Delran school/community, and my employer (MasterCard), I received all the support I needed to fight hard every day through treatment... which included running when I felt well to keep up my strength.
I was one of the lucky ones who responded to treatment. I received the news from my surgeon, Dr. Charlie Yeo, that I was now a candidate for surgery. Dr. Yeo believed in me and I believed in him. The result was nothing short of a miracle. I had a successful whipple procedure in mid October of 2017 and my pathology was CLEAN. I attended my 1st Purple Stride event in November of 2017 just two weeks out from surgery... and I had the honor and privilege of being the guest survivor speaker.
My fight with pancreatic cancer will never end. Recurrence rates remain high and treatment options are limited. Pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rate of all major cancers at just 9%. This deadly disease continues to steal our loved ones - including my cousin Cathy who lost her battle with pancreatic cancer just 6-months after diagnosis.
I am dedicating my life to being an ambassador and champion to help defeat this awful disease. In June of 2018, I spent 2-days in Washington D.C. meeting with our legislators asking for their support to increase funding for pancreatic cancer research.
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.