Brian's Buddhas





  • In Memory of Brian Joseph Soukup

    In Memory of Brian Joseph Soukup

Wage Hope to end pancreatic cancer

The 2017 PurpleStride Iowa is coming up and Brian's Buddhas are back! This year will be our EIGHTH year participating in the event and as always, it comes with such a bittersweet feeling. We are so thankful to have such amazing support these past several years from all of our wonderful family and friends. But we wish more than anything that the person who is our inspiration for this cause was still with us today. We know Brian will be along side all of us in spirit on September 23rd as we participate in our eighth year of PurpleStride Iowa.

PurpleStride Iowa 2017 is a 5K walk/run that will take place at Raccoon River Park on September 23rd, 2017. Registration begins at 8:00 that morning with opening ceremonies at 9:30. The race will begin at 10:00. All proceeds go to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network to help fight and end pancreatic cancer. We would love for you to be a part of our team, "Brian's Buddhas"! (The story behind the team name: Since Brian had such a big, round tummy, a family friend would always ask to rub it for good luck. This became an ongoing joke and the nickname "Buddha" just kind of stuck.)

We would love for all of you to join our team! This event is not just for us.. It's for everyone who has been affected by pancreatic cancer. Brian touched so many of our lives in so many different ways. He was always the first to help someone out and would go above and beyond for any of his family and friends. He had the biggest heart a person could have.. Filled with kindness, patience, and generosity. We owe it to him to keep fighting pancreatic cancer in his memory!!

For those of you who aren't familiar with our story, here is a brief summary of Brian's battle. In July of 2010, Brian was diagnosed with stage three pancreatic cancer. In August, he had a major surgery to remove the tumor and surrounding lymph nodes. A couple weeks after the surgery, Brian developed a nasty infection at the surgical site that required a tube to help drain out the infection. During this time, he was not able to do any sort of treatment due to the severity of the infection. In December, Brian underwent another major surgery to remove all of the infected area. Finally in January of 2011, Brian was able to start chemotherapy and radiation. However, because he went so long without any sort of treatment, the cancer had spread to his liver and was bumped up to stage four. After six months of chemo and radiation, we discovered the cancer was on the move again and Brian had to start a more vigorous chemotherapy treatment. It took a total of 48 hours to administer an entire treatment, which he would repeat every two weeks. After a few treatments, the chemo started to take it's toll and at the first part of November, we discovered the treatments were no longer working. After a 16 month hard-fought battle, Brian was taken up to heaven on November 19th, 2011. We miss him dearly.. Every second, of every day.

PurpleStride is a way for us to connect with other families and friends and survivors and caregivers who know the turmoil and hell pancreatic cancer causes. Pancreatic cancer is a death sentence right now. The five year survival rate of it is a mere 9%. That needs to change. But we can't do it without you! Whether its $10 or $100 or joining our team and walking with us, every bit helps. And we could not be more thankful for your support!

With love,
The Soukup Girls

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