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 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. While his treatments were successful at ridding him of cancer in his pancreas and lungs, his liver was not showing positive signs of improvement. In time, not having normal liver function was effecting how other systems in his body operated, thus causing a gradual deterioration in his quality of life. Kevin decided in early December 2018 to stop treatment and put the rest in God's hands. On Christmas morning, he went to spend the holiday and all eternity with the Lord.
We are more than thankful and appreciative for all the prayers, positive thoughts, monetary donations, cards and visits provided to us, as they offered, and continue to offer, us strength, encouragement, laughter and hope. We took one step at a time, day by day and are grateful for the nine and a half months we had with Kevin after his diagnosis. We still honor this mantra today in our grief and adjustment to him not physically being with us.
In October 2018, we raised over $3000 for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network to support their efforts to stop this incurable disease by participating in the PurpleStride 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 55,000 estimated new pancreatic cancer cases in the coming year, only 10,000 patients are expected to live past the 5+ year survival predication.
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 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.