In your lifetime, you will more than likely learn about someone who has been diagnosed with cancer. In that same lifetime, it will very likely be someone you love dearly. And when that person is done doing battle with this horrible disease, you will either be left celebrating or grieving.
This is our story...
Kevin Shields, husband, father, and "Pop-Pop", was diagnosed with terminal stage IV pancreatic cancer in March 2018. He has surpassed his initial prediction of less than 3 months to live, thanks to chemotherapy treatments, and the help and support of his caregiver and wife, Sandy. On July 30th, we celebrated 64 years of life with him. We are more than thankful and appreciative for all the prayers, positive thoughts, cards and visits provided to us, as they offer us strength, encouragement, laughter and hope. We take one step at a time, day by day, and are grateful for whatever time we have left with him.
After his diagnosis, we have been finding ways to honor him. One way we wish to do this and help support the efforts of those who are trying to stop this incurable disease, is raise funds and participate in the PurpleStride, a walk to end pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer is currently the 4th leading cause of U.S. cancer deaths in men and women, and is expected to climb to the second place spot by 2036. Of the 55,500 estimated new pancreatic cancer cases in the coming year, only 10,000 patients are expected to live past the 5+ year survival prediction.
We don't want Kevin to just become another statistic...this "silent killer" needs to be stopped. If you are interested in helping us with our mission, please consider donating to our team. Every dollar you donate ensures the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network can continue working towards increased pancreatic cancer survival and better outcomes for pancreatic cancer patients and their families. Finding a cure is vital to changing these hopeless statistics.
We'd like to live to see the day when cancer is cured, for good.