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  • Wage Hope at PurpleStride. The walk to end pancreatic cancer.

    Wage Hope at PurpleStride. The walk to end pancreatic cancer.

Wage Hope to end pancreatic cancer

Pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rate of all major cancers, at just 9%. This deadly disease has stolen our best and our brightest, but it can’t take away our determination. 

Carol's fight against pancreatic cancer began September 2017 at the Portland Dragonboat Festival. Dragonboat races are always exciting and Carol loved participating (hence the name of this team), but Carol had just been diagnosed 2 days before after an abdominal ultrasound showed a highly suspicious malignant mass on her pancreas. That explained the stomach pain she had been experiencing for several months! At any rate, Carol felt that particular race might be her last forever, so she paddled like her life depended on it. So the diagnosis turned out to be advanced pancreatic cancer to be treated with ongoing chemotherapy. Carol also joined a clinical trial which she believed had contributed to tumor shrinkage and better health. She continued to paddle and race for the 2017-2018 season even during those chemo treatments.

Carol went on Hospice in January 2019 and died on April 13, 2019 at home.  But she will always be remembered as a tenacious Pink Phoenix Dragonboat team member; devout Christian; courageous cancer fighter; compassionate nurse; and loving wife, mother, and grandmother.

Our team has stepped up to Wage Hope at PurpleStride, the walk to end pancreatic cancer. Will you help us rewrite the future of this disease by making a donation today?

Every dollar that you donate ensures that the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network can continue working to create better outcomes for pancreatic cancer patients and their families. By donating to our team, you are supporting vital efforts to double pancreatic cancer survival by 2020. 

Purple ribbons aren’t enough. Please join us in the fight today. 

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