When my Dad was diagnosed with Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer, to my shock, one of the first things he said to my brother and I was "I don't know what it is, but something good would come of this." He was steadfast in this. I hope this can be some of the good he was referring to.
On October 27, 2019, my family, our friends and I are participating in the Purple Stride Puget Sound 2017, a 5K walk/run around Magnusen Park in Seattle to raise money for research and awareness of Pancreatic Cancer. Right now, Pancreatic Cancer is one of the deadliest cancers with a 5 YEAR survival rate of only 9%. A pancreatic cancer diagnosis is so grim due to the fact that it doesn’t demonstrate any symptoms till stage 4, and at this point its too late.
My Dad was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer on April 4, 2018. We had no warning. It was Stage 4. It was terminal. There were no truly productive, or hopeful options for treatment. The options were do chemo and MAYBE the symptoms will ease up, or MAYBE get an extra week or month to ones life. Or do no treatment and have weeks to months to live. Our question the whole time and still is, what happened to stages 1-3? And how can there not be more treatment options or early detection screenings? My Dad died July 4, 2018. His battle with Pancreatic Cancer was a very short and grueling 3 months. Sadly, this is a common prognosis for a diagnosis of this kind.
With more research, and more awareness, the goal is continue to raise the survival rate. Anything will be progress. If you would like to participate on October 27, 2019, in the walk or run, I invite you to join the team we have created for my Dad and our dear friend Kathy who, 6 years ago, lost her battle with Pancreatic Cancer. Our team name is Kathy & Scott's Krew. If you can’t join us on the day but still want to participate, you can donate to our team. All funds go towards Pancreatic Cancer Research. This page represents my personal goal to raise $7,500, the number 7 being my Dad's favorite number. Though all donations count towards our team goal of $10,000.
Thank you all SO much for contributing and helping us honor my Dad and Kathy, as well as help move research forward so other families have more options for treatment and a better chance of surviving or living longer.
Please feel free to share this with your friends and family. Every little bit helps.