BENEFITING: PROJECT PURPLE
ORGANIZER: PROJECT PURPLE
EVENT: 2015 Chicago Marathon
EVENT DATE: Oct 11, 2015
On October 11, 2015, I will be participating in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon to raise money for Project Purple. Participating in this marathon is an excellent venue for me to not only raise funding for pancreatic research but most importantly to raise awareness toward the fight against one of the nation’s deadliest cancers. For those who know me, I have personally been touched by this disease as I watched my father Alfonso Greco, courageously battle pancreatic cancer for eight years. I have witnessed my father’s unfailing perseverance with this disease until he passed away in 2008, and it is in his memory that I will be running this marathon.
Project Purple demonstrates a deep commitment toward fighting this difficult disease through research, patient support, community outreach and government advocacy. Currently, pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, and is anticipated to become the second by 2020. What makes this disease so difficult to diagnose is the location of the pancreas. The pancreas is so deep within the abdominal cavity that once symptoms develop early detection is difficult to diagnose. This is why early detection tools need to be developed.
Since my dad had been diagnosed in 2000 much more is known today than before. However, much more needs to be done. We need to push through the boundaries that this devastating cancer has produced and step forward with bigger purple strides to break through the barricades. This marathon is another inch toward making this happen.
Although it will be a challenge for me to complete this race, I know that I will not only be driven by the benefit of a worthy cause but the memory of the stoic fight my father fought with this tenacious disease. I am very excited to meet this challenge and am asking for sponsorship for this marathon. I would greatly appreciate your kind consideration in making a tax-deductible donation toward my goal of $5,000.