I am running my first marathon in honor of my Uncle Michael, who passed away Thursday, August 30, 2018 after a year and a half courageous battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 52. Even in his final days, the disease never won the battle with his spirit. He was a beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, friend, and PA's favorite magician. I am running for Project Purple, a non-profit organization that raises awareness funds to defeat pancreatic cancer, and staying hopeful, supportive, and SNYDER STRONG for not only Mike's family, but also for his sister (my aunt), Sue. My Aunt Sue was diagnosed with a less advanced form of pancreatic cancer a few months before Michael found out his own diagnosis. The response to her treatments has been positive, and she continues to be a strong and active fighter!
On December 8th, 2018, I will be running the Rocket City Marathon to wage hope in memory of Michael Snyder and to raise funds and awareness for those still fighting the disease, like my Aunt Sue. Will you help me "run to beat pancreatic cancer" and change the future of this disease by making a donation today?
Below are some facts about pancreatic cancer:
-Pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rate among all major cancers.
-In nearly every country, pancreatic cancer is the only major cancer with a single-digit five-year survival rate (the current 5-year survival rate is 6%, meaning only 6% of patients who are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer will live longer than 5 years).
-Every day, more than 1,000 people worldwide will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and an estimated 985 will die from the disease.
-It is estimated that by 2020, 418,000 new cases will be diagnosed globally. -The average lifetime risk of pancreatic cancer for men is about 1 in 63. For women, the lifetime risk is about 1 in 65. However, each person's chances of getting this cancer can be affected by other risk factors.