In honor of my father, please join my team and/or donate to the Purple Stride Network! In addition, you can: pace around the garage, talk on your phone really loudly, pull a dog's tail (gently!), stand on the edge of the room to watch t.v. instead of sitting on the couch, get into the shower as soon as your company shows up, feed any dog that "looks hungry", start a long line of questioning to someone who is on their way out the door, cut the sleeves off of some t-shirts, eat over the kitchen sink.
You can also be an optimist and live your life fully.
There has been so much time between today, and the last time I saw my father. And that time will only multiply each year. But time has no effect on love, or longing. It doesn't change my passion for this cause. It doesn't change my hatred for this disease, and how it stole my father, and a good man from the earth. I hate the insidiousness of it, and how most of the time when it shows it face, it has already swallowed someone whole. There is so much hopelessness and terror with pancreatic cancer. It always feels like Goliath, and we are David without a sling shot. But when I think about my Dad and all those lost to Pancreatic Cancer, I am still motivated to Wage Hope. To give hope to those diagnosed in the future. To give those diagnosed in the future more options and more time with their daughters and wives and sons and husbands and friends.
Please join Uncle Bob's Mob in remembrance of my father, and all our loved ones lost to this terrible disease, and all of those currently fighting it.
Pancreatic Cancer continues to have a very poor prognosis as compared to other cancers. Please help this cause and help to chance these statistics.
Here are some current statistics:
This year, an estimated 53,070 adults (27,670 men and 25,400 women) in the U.S. will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
It is estimated that 41,780 deaths (21,450 men and 20,330 women) from this disease will occur this year. Pancreatic cancer is the ninth most common cancer in women and the fourth leading cause of cancer death in men and women.
The 1-year survival rate of people with pancreatic cancer is 29%, and the 5-year survival rate is 7%.
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!