BENEFITING: PROJECT PURPLE
ORGANIZER: PROJECT PURPLE
EVENT: 2015 Chicago Marathon
EVENT DATE: Oct 11, 2015
Pancreatic cancer is the 4th most common cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States and the least funded of the top-ten cancers. Pancreatic cancer is difficult to detect in its early stages and commonly diagnosed as a stage IV disease. It is highly aggressive with a 5-year survival rate of 6.7 percent. Significant funding towards research is needed to develop early detection methods, provide patients with more effective treatment options, and improve quality of life after diagnosis.
Pancreatic cancer has largely impacted our family. In February of 2014, my father, John Polio, M.D., was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer. My father is a rare bread. His genuine warmth, kindness, and uncanny sense of humor permeate all areas of his life. His career has been marked with altruism and sincere compassion. My Dad was diagnosed nearly 19 months ago––his strength and continuing optimism has taught me what it truly means to be a fighter.
My younger brother and I first became involved with Project Purple shortly after our father’s diagnosis. We ran the New York City Marathon in November 2014 in honor of and to celebrate our Dad. The Project Purple team has become very dear to our family. I am running the Chicago Marathon this October 2015, once again in honor of my father as he continues his fight against pancreatic cancer.
I join the efforts of Project Purple with the hope that this small contribution may one day benefit others in their fight against pancreatic cancer. I have agreed to raise $1,500 for Project Purple. Any contribution, no matter the size, is appreciated greatly. Thank you so much for all your support.
Always my best,