My dad had a passion for painting. Pictured above is one of his favorite paintings that used to hang on our living room wall when I was growing up. It is with this same passion in memory of my dad that I will be running the Napa-Sonoma Half in July with the Project Purple Charity team.
My dad was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in Oct 2017 and passed away in May 2018. The tumor was found only because he had gone in for an abdominal scan for kidney stones. It was deemed inoperable because it was surrounding major blood vessels. Further scans showed that the cancer had already spread. I was disappointed with the limited amount of options available for my dad.
Statistics show that pancreatic cancer is difficult to diagnose and often found in the late stages which accounts for the high mortality rate.
- The survival rate after 5 years is only 9%, the lowest of all the major cancers.
- There is currently no method of early detection.
- Considering it is one of the most aggressive cancers, pancreatic cancer receives only 5% of the government funds allocated for cancer research.
- Pancreatic cancer is currently ranked as #3 on the list of the 10 deadliest cancers and is projected to be #2 by 2020.
All donations will go to Project Purple whose primary goal is to fund pancreatic cancer research to find a cure and early detection methods. They also support patients & families who are currently battling pancreatic cancer. Thank-you for your consideration in supporting Project Purple!