BENEFITING: PROJECT PURPLE
ORGANIZER: PROJECT PURPLE
EVENT: 2015 Chicago Marathon
EVENT DATE: Oct 11, 2015
Turning 40 for me was very different, than others turning 40. 40 was the age my dad died. He left me when I was 15, the Summer of 8th Grade right before I went into High School. He left my 2 sisters, my mom and me.
Pancreatic Cancer. That is why he left us. It took the doctors a long time to finally determine what was wrong with my dad. He had severe back pain. They were puzzled. Then one day after lots and lots of tests they found a tumor on his spine. After additional tests, they realized it wasn’t JUST a tumor, but he had full blown cancer. Pancreatic Cancer. There was no chance for him to live, it had spread throughout his body. It was too late. I spent that Summer with my mom and sisters in and out of the hospital. From the time he was diagnosed to the time he passed I believe it was 3 short months, but it felt like forever. There were a few “false” good bye’s. He was a fighter, Hank didn’t want to leave his 3 girls and wife. One day in August he left us and my life was forever changed.
2015 is all about completing my first FULL marathon (and marrying the love of my life). Yesterday, as I anxiously waited for the Chicago Marathon Registration Lottery to open I made a phone call to learn about charities involved with this marathon in case I wasn’t able to get a number. Susan said to me, “Project Purple is a great charity focusing on Pancreatic Cancer.” The rest is history.
I am running my first full marathon for Project Purple and for my dad. Project Purple’s mission is raising awareness and funds towards a cure for Pancreatic Cancer. Pancreatic Cancer is the 4th largest killer of all cancer killers and the least funded of the top 10 cancers. It is also the only cancer in the top 10 killer with a single digit survival rate after 5 years. Let’s fight this horrible disease together. Thank you for reading my story and visiting my page. Thank you for donating.
Also enclosing a link to my story the Project Purple team wrote.
Much Love, Janine