Wanting to kick Pancreatic cancer out of my family
Ruth Markle was my grandmother and my role model. She taught me how to be the woman I am today, how to give back to my community, keep my class in the toughest of situations, how to put on my make-up for the day, and how to properly sport "R" jewelry. She was my fellow Sagittarius and fellow left-hander. A pillar of class and fashion (look at that Halloween sweater!), avid volunteer, loving mother and grandmother; losing her to pancreatic cancer was the first time I experienced real loss, I feel that loss to this day and still just miss being able to tell her about my day and seek her advice.
Before this, pancreatic cancer took my Uncle and Godfather, Ruth's son. While I never got the chance to meet him I know he was an incredible brother, father, husband and friend. My family misses him, and his sense of humor, everyday.
My mother is already on alert and constantly watching for symptoms. Before long, I'll be in the same boat.
I do not want to lose another family member to this. I am walking and fundraising for the loved ones I've lost, the loved ones I still have, myself, and anyone else!
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.
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.