As many of you know, earlier this year we lost my Dad to complications of cancer. Prior to my Dad being diagnosed in 2017 I knew the statistics, but they had never “hit home” - now they have.
The UK currently has a horrifying ad (that I see daily) stating, “1 in 2 people in the UK born after 1960 will be diagnosed with some form of cancer during their lifetime.” 1.in.2.
To help fight this horrible indiscriminatory disease my cousins and I will run the 2020 NYC half marathon to raise money to fight cancer and we choose to fight the most dangerous form, pancreatic cancer with Project Purple. If you don't know;
1.)Pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rate among all major cancers.
2.) In nearly every country, pancreatic cancer is the only major cancer with a single-digit five-year survival rate.
3.) Every day, more than 1,257 people worldwide will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and an estimated 1,184 will die from the disease.
4.) It is estimated that in 2025, 557,688 new cases will be diagnosed globally
While I’m running this race mainly to raise money for a gruesome and detestable disease, I’m also running it for me. For hope. For inspiration. For something to look forward to. After such a crappy year, training for this 1/2 marathon is how I want to end 2019 and ring in 2020; training for a cause too close to home and running on hope for better days to come.