Our team is raising money in support of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network by participating in PurpleStride.
My grandmother, Nulyne Saye was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer around Thanksgiving 2014 and sadly, took her life the following summer. Shockingly, six months after my grandma's diagnosis, my mother was diagnosed with the same deadly disease. It has been a struggle for our family watching my mom battle this cancer day in and day out. We have, however, been blessed with the tender mercies of the Lord. We were told my mom, Rolyne Wallace, had stage 4 pancreatic cancer and it had already spread to her liver. Doctors told us with treatment, she would be lucky to have 18 months to live. After several trips to the hospital and 3 months of the strongest chemotherapy possible she went in for her first scan and ended up getting the first good news we'd heard in months. There was no longer cancer in her liver! If you have never had a loved one diagnoed with cancer, it's hard to describe the struggles and emotions you go through. You immediately feel like your world is crashing down. You think of every scenario that your loved may not be around for. Life is a blur until it becomes a new reality. But on that day of Rolyne's first scan ours prayers were answered. The chemo was working. She stuck with the same routine for the next 12 weeks and then got her second scan. No trace of cancer was found! This is a woman who in May of 2015 didn't think she'd be around to see her 3rd child graduate high school, a woman who only thought she'd have the opportunity to ever know one grandchild, a woman who feared missing on on so much of her children's lives. And because of treatments, doctors, and an immense amount of support and prayers continues to be given a chance at life and a chance to be a part of all the precious moments we often take for granted.
EDIT* We now walk in honor of Rolyne as she returned home to our Heavenly Father on April 22, 2017.
Because of events and fundraisers like Purple Stride people's loved ones have a chance to fight. The proceeds all go to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network to create more studies, run more tests, develop new medicines, and give people like my mom and family hope. Rolyne is a fighter. I've never known a stronger woman and I intend to do everything I can to help her fight. Now I'm asking you to join her fight. By joining or making a donation to our team, you are supporting efforts to double survival for this deadly disease by 2020.
Please make a donation today and help us reach our fundraising goal!