My dad was diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer in October 2016. It has the lowest survival rate of all major cancers, at just 9%. As hard we tried to be hopeful, on October 30th 2016 I basically learned my dad was going to die. Pancreatic cancer really, really, *really* sucks. It's morbid, but that's the reality, and many will go through what my family and I went through until we find a way to beat it. There is so much work to be done to improve the way we fight.
My dad was smart, kind, and generous to a fault. His hobbies ranged from flying drones to debating politics. He enjoyed photography, glass-blowing, traveling, reading, watching football, baking, and yes, even running. He and I would run together, though neither of us ever took our training as seriously as we should have. Even still, I think he'd love the idea of this 5k and it seems like a perfect way to honor his memory.
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