Wage Hope at PurpleStride. The walk to end pancreatic cancer.
Wage Hope to end pancreatic cancer
Fighting for a Cure and Honoring MJ.
Mary Jo had been going to a chiropractor due to a car
accident. Then in late summer 2013, Mary Jo experienced back pain in the middle
of her back at the waist.She visited
the chiropractor and had him work on the
back pain but it never got better.
One of the warning signs of pancreatic cancer was missed.
Over Labor day weekend, she went to the emergency room
thinking she was having a gall bladder attack. They removed her gall bladder
and then discovered the tumor on her pancreas. Doctors sent her to the
University of Minnesota for a liver biopsy.The first biopsy came back inconclusive.She went for a second biopsy and they discovered the cancer had spread
to her liver. She went for a second opinion and was given the same results.
She fought with all her power against this deadly disease while
doing chemotherapy.There was a little
hope. The doctors stopped one treatment
and then tried another. But she just could not beat it. She passed away on my
mom's birthday August 11th, 2014.
That is why I am involved with Pancan. I am helping to raise
money and awareness about this deadly disease. Only 9% make 5 years. My
daughter Mary Jo did not make it one year. She wanted so very much to live to
see her two daughters grow up to graduate from high school and college, get
married and see her grandchildren. She was only 44 years old - way to young.
I am asking everyone please learn the early signs that might
give you a chance to beat this beast. Also please support funding to find a
cure and early detection. I thank each
and everyone who wants to help make a difference.
Join me at PURPLESTRIDE Minnesota on September 15th, 2018 at
Elm Creek Persever in Maple Grove or check for an event in your state by going to