Towards the end of 2006, my father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He would eventually enter in a clinical trial using an experimental chemotherapy drug coupled with radiation and a 14-hour surgery. He required a feeding tube, a long hospital stay, and a lot of rehabilitation. In spring 2008, he was considered in remission, however by August of the same year the cancer had returned with a vengeance. My dad, my first love and the man who encouraged me to always be a strong, confident young woman, passed away on October 4, 2008, less than two years after his initial diagnosis.
One of the things I remember most during my dad's illness was how helpful it was when people would reach out and provide support towards taking care of things that often get put on the back burner when someone is sick. Often, this means the financial burden of someone's illness. I want desperately to give back to these patients and families as they go through something similar, and Project Purple allows me to do just that. Not only does this organization donate funds to pancreatic cancer research, but Project Purple also provides funds directly to patients and their families for related treatment expenses.
A large fundraising contributor to Project Purple is through running events. My family and I vacationed to Bethany Beach the summer before my father died, and this year I have chosen to run the Bethany Beach Half Marathon in honor of my dad, John Allen. Through Project Purple, I hope to do something I love, running, and therefore raise money to give back to these patients and families. Join me as I run to beat pancreatic cancer!