Wage Hope at PurpleStride. The walk to end pancreatic cancer.
Wage Hope to end pancreatic cancer
Dad was diagnosed with Stage IV Pancreatic Cancer on March 18, 2019 after complaining of lower abdominal pain for a few weeks. The diagnosis was a devastating blow to our family but we vowed to do everything we could to try and help dad fight. We took dad to MD Anderson in Houston for the best possible chance. Doctors told us that at this stage his cancer was not curable but possibly treatable to extend his life. Unfortunately, there weren’t many treatment options and while waiting for a spot in a clinical trial, dad quickly declined and lost his battle after a short 10 weeks. We lost dad on May 30, 2019.
Our family barely had time to process the diagnosis much less his quick decline and death. Our family has been struggling to deal with his loss and left heartbroken. Diagnosis to death was exactly 73 days. We had no idea he would leave us so quickly.
Pancreatic cancer is so deadly because the symptoms are vague and most people dismiss them as general gastrointestinal discomfort. By the time the cancer is diagnosed, it’s usually because it has spread to other organs and the options for treatment are limited and futile.
Please consider donating to the cause and help raise funding for clinical research related to early detection, treatment, and prevention of pancreatic cancer. Our team, The Three Georges, has stepped up to Wage Hope at PurpleStride, the walk to end pancreatic cancer.
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.
Dad was a humble man. He probably didn’t realize that his absence would leave such a gaping hole in our hearts and lives. We miss his smile, his laughter, his kindness, and his love. We were truly blessed to have him. Rest in peace, dad.