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Michael and I walk in Purple Stride in memory of my birth mother, Mama Betty, whose life was cut short by pancreatic cancer. When I reconnected with my birth family 9 years ago, I was saddened to discover that my children and I would never get to meet, thank, and get to know the special mother who gave me life, as she had lost hers to this horrible disease 13 years before, at the way too young age of 58 – less than a year after being diagnosed! We also learned that my Uncle Jon and Great Grandfather Ben had lost their lives to it as well, and we became determined to join newfound family members and the PanCan community in raising money to further pancreatic cancer awareness and to fund research for a cure.
In the 8 years that we have been fundraising to combat pancreatic cancer, we have learned of so many others whose lives have been lost to it: Elena's father, Yisroel’s mother, Jody's husband, Dov’s mother, Aharon’s father, Steffi’s brother-in-law, Rachel’s grandmother, Risë’s grandmother, Anna’s grandmother, Bernice and Selma’s brother, Bernice’s husband, Faye’s mother, Anne’s father, Karen’s father, grandfather and great uncle, Asher’s brother, Estee and Roz’s father, Rhonda’s brother-in-law, Nancy’s husband, Alison’s husband – many of them way too young and all of them way too quickly. Pancreatic cancer, which runs in families, is one of the most lethal, and even though the survival rate has been inching upward, it still claims 91% of its victims within 5 years, and most within one. It is also very hard to detect, as its symptoms are often vague until the cancer has reached an advanced stage. But the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is working tirelessly to change these statistics through advocacy, research, and awareness campaigns. Every June, PanCan gathers in Washington to advocate for increased government support. They also fund researchers who are working tirelessly on a cure, and sponsor a PALS program for pancreatic cancer patients to offer support and to discuss treatment options and clinical trials. Your donation to Purple Stride will help further PanCan’s mission to know, fight and end pancreatic cancer.
Over the past four years, Michael and I have welcomed six beautiful grandchildren, making us all the more dedicated to ending pancreatic cancer - for our children and grandchildren, and for yours! Last year, with the amazing support of family and friends, Michael and I raised $6070. This year, as we did last year, we hope to have our children and grandchildren join us on the walk, and we are trying to raise $7200 (400 times chai). We hope we can count on your help. If you have given before, and are able to do so, please consider increasing your donation. Just one extra chai from each donor will put us over our goal, but know that we are grateful for whatever you can give!