Me and Mom on the carousel down in Seaside Park the summer before she passed away.. I get my child at heart mentality from her :) xo xo
Wage Hope to end pancreatic cancer
Our team is raising money in support of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network by participating in PurpleStride.
By making a donation to our team, you are supporting efforts to double survival for this deadly disease by 2020.
Please make a donation today and help us reach our fundraising goal!
My mom Vera Quartuccio, who our team is named for passed away peacefully in January 2011 after a courageous battle with Pancreatic Cancer. She was diagnosed the previous winter. . as dire as the diagnosis was (most diagnosed only have 6 mos to a year to live - my mom died exactly a year later) she always kept an open mind and stayed as positive as she could. She was and still is my super hero. She dealt and fought this horrible disease with strength and dignity every step of the way.
I remember being a kid and reading about Michael Landon dying from Pancreatic Cancer. It was the first time I learned of the disease. I was frightened to learn then that is the deadliest form of cancer out there. My biggest fear was that someone I knew and loved, or possibly myself, could contract it. . Sadly my fear came true and sadly there has not been been much progress in the fight since way back then.
The worst part about it is that there are little or no telltale signs of the disease until it's too late. That is exactly what happened in my Mom's case and in thousands of others.
It's a hard disease to watch. After having seen my mom go through it, and heard stories of others who died shortly after their diagnosis I swore one day I'd have to devote myself to trying to fight this disease.
Thanks to the work of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network more and more succesful treatments and more and more survivors every year. Please consider joining us in the hopes that every dollar we raise helps others battle and beat this terrible disease. Walk or run with us on November 13th and help us get a little closer to finding earlier detection, better treatments and utlimately a cure.