Shortly after her 42nd birthday--and just before Dave’s 19th birthday--Dave's mother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. There weren't many treatment options in 1974, but she tried some experimental treatments, hoping something might work--or that the knowledge gained might help others. Less than 6 months later she died. And over 20 years later, one of her sisters was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
We walk for two of the Backes sisters--Joyce and Doris, Dave's mom and aunt. We walk to find a cure for pancreatic cancer, to raise awareness, and to support those with this disease.
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