Project Purple's mission is to help find a cure for pancreatic cancer and to improve the lives of patients through support, hope and compassion. The money raised for Project Purple helps fulfill their mission statement by funding several crucial programs.
There is currently no form of early detection for this deadly form of cancer. The best odds at survival come when the disease is caught in its earliest stages. Project Purple also fund studies which seek effective methods to treat this deadly disease. Finally, they offer grants to graduate students who are pursuing a career in pancreatic cancer research.
Project Purple also recognize there are patients who are fighting pancreatic cancer right now and they need help. Project Purple assists current patients through their Patient Financial Aid program, and provide patients with Blankets of Hope Care Bags.
To learn more please visit projectpurple.org.
Why am I passionate about Project Purple?
Feb. 17, 2017 became the worst day of our lives when my dad told us he had cancer of the pancreas and there was nothing the doctors could do to make him better. April 19, 2017 my dad passed away from this awful disease. A disease that has only a five-year survival rate at just 9% with no current form of early detection.
Those 61 days were the worst days, but yet, the best days we spent with my dad.
Stumbling across Project Purple's website during my dad's battle with pancreatic cancer changed my life physically, mentally and spiritually. I've had the honor to be part of Team Chicago 2017, Team Lincoln 2018 and part of the Pioneer Program 2018. I was also honored when Dino Verrelli, CEO and founder of Project Purple, asked me to be one of their ambassadors for 2018.
When I wear the Project Purple jersey on May 5 with Team Lincoln I will be running for my dad and all those who have been affected by pancreatic cancer; and I will do it with my dad cheering from heaven every step of the way.
My dad was the best dad to me. I miss his smile, his laugh, his sense of humor, his hug and kiss and knowing that he was always there when we needed him. He had so much love for us and we miss him every day.
Thank you for taking the time to read my story, and your donation is much appreciated for this great cause!
Pam (proud daughter of Les Sargent)