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October 01, 2017
BENEFITING: PROJECT PURPLE
ORGANIZER: PROJECT PURPLE
EVENT DATE: Oct 01, 2017
Did you know that:
-Pancreatic Cancer is currently ranked as the 4th deadlist cancer, and is project to be 2nd within the next 5 years. This is due to amibiguous symptoms, that make it hard for doctors to diagnose until the later stages.
-That out of the around 50,000 that are diagnosed yearly, around 80% will die within a year.
-That only about 5% of government research funds allocated for cancer, will go towards Pancreatic Cancer research.
-that Project Purple is "Running to Beat Pancreatic Cancer"!
(numbers taken from Project purple brochure)
If you are like me, until I was exposed to Pancreatic cancer myself, I had no clue the severity of it, and the impacts it has on so many people!
In the past few years I have been exposed to this a couple of times with one of my closest friend's dad being diagnosed in 2012, and my Uncle Dave being diagnosed in July of 2013. Both men had tough battles, and sadly both have since passed away. I was amazed to see the fight in both of them, as they went thru treatments, and still kept their postivity.
My uncle loved to play pool and volunteer at the Steele County Free Fair, both of which he did as long as he could. I have attached below an article written by Rick Bussler, with regard to his love for the fair. Hopefully this sheds even a little light into the man that he was. I truly miss seeing him at family gatherings, joking around with him, and every year getting my butt kicked playing pool at Christmas. He unfortunately lost his battle in October of 2014, and this was my first exposure to the pain that Pancreatic Cancer causes to those diagnosed, their families, friends, and so many others. This came at a time of much loss and health concerns in our family, and it took a toll on everyone.
Even so, it wasn't until going thru the loss of my friend's dad this past October, that it really hit me hard. Having lost my dad in the summer of 2012, and finding out about my friend's dad's pancreatic cancer diagnosis shortly after that. I could only do my best to offer support and understanding for the hardships that come with even the thought of losing a parent can bring. Throughout the 4 year battle, I saw the harshness of the stages of pancreatic cancer, the uncondtional support of friends and family, and the emotional stress that is has on everyone. I sadly did not get to know him as well as I would have liked, but I do know that he is greatly missed by all who knew him and whose lives were impacted by him.
I ran my first marathon this past October, the Twin Cities marathon. During the race I saw many runners that were a part of the Project Purple team and other charitable organizations. In the following month, my friends dad passed away. That is when I decided that I wanted to do my part, and run for Project Purple in the 2017 Twin Cities Marathon!
My goal is to raise awareness of the severity of Pancreatic Cancer, and raise money for the cause. My goal is $1000 to go to Project Purple, which helps fund research, patient financial aid, and scholarships.
I am looking for two main levels of contribution: $1 per marathon mile ($26.20), and $2 per marathon mile ($52.40). If you consider that I will also be running over 300 miles in training between now and the race, that is more like $0.08/$0.16 per mile.
That being said, any contribution that you can make is truly appreciated, so donate what you are able to :) I will be donating my time running and the $52.40 to get it started.
I had typed this up once before, and it did not save so I lost it once already. That combined with me not being the best writer, especially when it comes to emotional topics like this, I choose to keep this as simple as possible. That being said, if you would to know more about either people mentioned, and/or would like to learn more about Pancreatic Cancer, feel free to message me!
Thanks and have a great day!
P.S. For your viewing, please see the links below to the Project Purple page, another event in Minnesota dedicated to Pancreatic Cancer awareness called PurpleStride, and also American Cancer Society's page on Pancreatic Cancer.
Referenced above, for your reading: "Man volunteers despite cancer" - Rick Bussler.
A 13-month battle with cancer hasn't stopped a man from doing what he loves most- volunteering at the Steele Fair.
Dave Kubista is after being diagnosed with stage four in July 2013. He wasn't even supposed to be around for last year's fair, let alone the most recent fair that just ended Sunday in Owatonna.
With cancer eating away his body, Kubista isn't about to let his failing health get in the way of running the indoor concessions for the fair. He has been volunteering since the late 1990s, when the late fair manager Elmer Reseland recruited him.
"Every day is a good day," Kubista said on the last night of the fair. "I'm very thankful to make it through this fair. I didn't expect to be here already last year."
Kubista admits he is 100 percent tired most of the time, but he still fights on and made every day of the six-day fair. He logged in at least 10 hours each day.
"This is the best therapy you can go through," he said of working at the fair. "It's an adrenalin push for me. This is my love."
When asked what excites him about the fair, Kubista said it's the atmosphere of it all.
"I like all the lights and I love the carnival action," he said with a glimmer of excitement in his eyes. "I also like to sit on a and watch everything going on."
His involvement with the fair goes beyond the six-. He works on lining up concessions throughout the year, but the work really kicks into beginning in June.
Over the years, Kubista has focused on keeping up the fair's high standards for all vendors.
"Quality-wise, we have fantastic standards and our vendors keep up those standards," he said. "We're darn proud of the fact that we have state fair-size concessions."
With 16 years of knowledge, Kubista focused this year on training others in case he doesn't make another fair.
"In the off-season, we put a lot of it on the computer so they could have the notes from my brain," he said.
"I've worked harder this year even though I have been sicker," Kubista said, noting that just seven weeks ago, his told him his condition was day-to-day.
He credits the fair board with running a first-class fair. Kubista said there are a couple key things that set this fair apart from most others - free admission and the quality.
"They are always onto having something different every year," Kubista said. "The fair board strives to have something for everyone. This is the best fair."
Kubista describes himself as a fair nut. Besides volunteering at the Steele fair, he travels to at least 20 other fairs every year. He has found the only fair that comes close to Steele is the Clay County Fair in Spencer, Iowa.
"They are a premier fair in the Midwest," he said.
His love for the fair began at an early age in life. When he was a youngster, he parked cars for a quarter outside of the grounds on his grandpa's place located close to the current Hy-Vee store. They parked hundreds of cars and "made darn good money," he said.
"Grandpa would give us a quarter to go across the street and spend it at the fair," Kubista recalls. "That's how I got it in my blood."
In his later years, Kubista worked at some of the food vendors and Owatonna Shoe's booth. He began as an official volunteer for the fair in 1998.
Asked what keeps him fighting, Kubista responded: "My family, my fair family and my pool family."
His brothers own a pool hall in downtown Owatonna and Kubista enjoys hanging out there when he's not volunteering at the fair.
For now he's focused on taking in the state fair. After chemotherapy on Wednesday, Kubista hopes to hit the state fair this weekend.
Despite the struggles with cancer, he tries to keep a positive attitude.
"I'm going to be here next year as well. They're not rid of me yet," Kubista said with a chuckle.