Our inspiration is Steve Kelly, a husband, father, friend and proud journalist. Diagnosed at age 53 with stage 4 pancreatic cancer, he never stopped waging hope through two clinical trials.
Kelly’s Heroes is a member of the World Pancreatic Cancer Coalition, a global partnership of nonprofits from 30 countries committed to raising awareness and increasing survival. Pancreatic cancer is often called the “silent killer” because there’s no reliable screening test for the disease and its symptoms often aren’t apparent until the disease has spread.
To fight this disease, we need everyone to know this disease. The symptoms of pancreatic cancer include abdominal or back pain, rapid unexplained weight loss, jaundice (yellowing of skin or whites of the eyes), abdominal bloating, indigestion, sudden onset diabetes and changes in stools. Know your body, be your own best advocate and see a physician if you experience these symptoms.
Steve Kelly died 22 months after his diagnosis. In those 22 months, he white-water rafted and ziplined in Costa Rica; ran a 5K with his daughter; and donned his kilt and poured the Guinness at his annual St. Patrick’s Day bash. Writing for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Steve said, “I’m not afraid of dying, but the thought of not living frightens the hell out of me.”
Kelly’s Heroes is committed to celebrating Steve’s life by gathering good people together, raising funds for cancer research and waging hope against this terrible disease.