My mom was a stubborn and determined fighter who lost her battle with pancreatic cancer on October 20, 2017, two months after she was diagnosed. She was an amazing mother, grandmother, daughter, friend, and overall person. You truly don't realize what you have until its gone, and she was taken from all of us much too soon. I would do anything for just one more conversation with her. Before she was diagnosed, I had never even heard of this type of cancer. It is one of the most underfunded and unknown types of cancer, which is why there is such a low survival rate. But my mom would have never told you that. She would never give any hint of the amount of pain she was in or how frightened she was. She put a smile on her face every single day and continued to enjoy the things she loved until she physically could not do so anymore. My mom has and always will be a model of the person I want to be; smart, loving, giving, humble, and, most importantly, strong. Her strength is something I will always remember. She never gave up, even in the worst of situations. Until the very end she fought through her pain to make sure my brothers and I knew how much she loved us. The first and last words she ever said to me were "I love you". Her love will always be with me and motivate me to try to be not only the person she was, but the mother she was as well.
She was always very passionate about fundraising for the American Heart Association, a cause that was very important to her. That being said (and being her daughter) fundraising for pancreatic cancer research has become very important to me, as well as to my brothers. 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.
Our team has stepped up to Wage Hope at PurpleStride, the walk to end pancreatic cancer.Will you help us rewrite the future of this disease by making a donation today?
Every dollar that you donate ensures that the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network can continue working to create better outcomes for pancreatic cancer patients and their families. By donating to our team, you are supporting vital efforts to double pancreatic cancer survival by 2020.
Purple ribbons aren’t enough. Please join us in the fight today.