Wage Hope at PurpleStride. The walk to end pancreatic cancer.
Wage Hope to end pancreatic cancer
Mom found out she had Pancreatic cancer on the summer of 2007. We learned Pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rate of all major cancers, at just 9%. The pancreas does not have any nerves, so by the time you realize something is wrong inside you're body - it's too late and the cancer has already spread rendering the patient inoperable. We were horrified upon realizing there were signs of failing health that were ignored and passed off as "not a big deal". Mom was given the diagnosis of 6 months to live, but with the help of the many doctors, nurses, caregivers, friends and family by her side she fought hard and made it 9. She never complained. She rarely cried. She just dealt with what life had given her with poise, grace, and strength. She passed away in February of 2008 around noon.
As is expected, the rest of our lives have continued moving forward and absolutely everything has changed. I took up running several years back. Despite the long distances I've done and the many races I've attended, I've never used any of them to raise funds for any cause, despite that this one has always - for obvious reasons - been close to my heart. But there are few races that I run that I don't channel mom's strength and grace to get through the tough spots.
So this is the year! On the 10th anniversary of Bonny Bernard's passing, I pledge to raise $2,500. It's not much, but it helps contribute to patient services, government advocacy, community engagement, and my personal favorite - scientific research.
There are many ways to support this cause:
1. You can run or walk with us on November 3rd!
2. You can donate money!
3. You can join my team and spread the word about this cause!
I ask for your help on this journey so that when other people get the news that someone they care so deeply about has such a terrible diagnosis, they'll have hope and more resources to soften the blow. I want them to say "It's not as terrible as it used to be".
Thanks for taking the time to read about my cause! The solution gets closer every single day but not without hard work and support.