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As many of you know, I lost my father in July 2016 following a brief battle with lymphoma. Since then, my world has taken a shape that I never could have imagined. Almost three years later, I continue to await the opportunity to grieve, to heal, and to put him to rest by spreading his ashes on his favorite mountain in Montana. This year, on my dad's birthday, my mother was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer, and our world was turned upside down. Since her diagnosis, I've learned a great deal about this disease - a disease that's widely dubbed a "monster" by those who have been touched by it. Not only is it a monster because of its grim statistics, but also because of its effect on patients' quality of life.
PC has received widespread attention since Alex Trebek was diagnosed with Stage 4 PC earlier this year. Perhaps more people than ever before are paying attention to this terrible disease, but they still may not know that PC has the lowest 5-year survival rate of all major cancers, at only 9%. Approximately 58,000 people in the United States will be diagnosed this year and face a disease that is the third-leading cause of cancer related deaths in our country.
If you know me, you know that I am a fighter. I am passionate about making positive changes in people's lives. If you know my mother, you know she is the sweetest and kindest person. She brings light to the world, lifts people's spirits, and leaves a positive mark in her path. I don't understand why life does what it does, but I know that I have an incredible sense of hope regarding the life my mother has left in her. I know that just before her diagnosis, I had a dream that she was going to face something terrible, but we were going to walk the path together, and that my feelings of sadness were outweighed by my feelings of hope. I also know that I deserve to feel angry, but instead what I feel is that I want to take action.
One thing I've decided to do is join this year's Purple Stride 5k run/walk to end pancreatic cancer, and I've set a fundraising goal of $3,500 to join @pancan in their fight to Wage Hope for this terrible disease. If you feel moved to donate to this amazing cause, please click to "Join" My Team to donate and register to walk/run by my side on November 9 in Chastain Park (Atlanta), or to “Donate” to walk with me in spirit. I generally hate fundraising and almost never ask for money (or really anything for that matter) but this means so much to me that I'm driven to do it. If you feel moved to donate and/or share this with others who may be willing to donate, please know that there is no amount that is too little. I will view any $5 with great sense of appreciation, and even if you cannot donate and have taken the time to read this, I thank you for that.
With much appreciation...xo