My story -
I started running when I was 41. I never thought I would be a runner. I had medical issues when I was born and my parents were told I had only 10% of even making it out of the hospital. I fought and came home. I had a Tracheo-esophageal Fistula which required 7 surgeries by the time I was a year old. When I tell people about it almost no one has heard of it. Many don't make it like I did and I'm grateful to my doctors and nurses who kept me alive!
I have now run 39 half marathons and working my way to 100!. I have also run many 5K and 10K races with some other distances mixed in there too.
So, what does that have to do with pancreatic cancer?
Well, nothing until we fast forward to 2009 when my Mom was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. By that time, there was pretty much nothing they could do but keep her as comfortable as possible. The Doctors and nurses in New Orleans as well as MD Anderson were great. Sadly, she lost her battle April 25, 2010.
So now that I made it well beyond where anyone thought I would make it, I enjoy the opportunities I get to give back. To make it even more special, this will be my very first full marathon and excited to be running it for Project Purple!
This run and fundraiser is extra special because it is also the 10th anniversary of losing my mom. I want to help keep the fight going to find a cure for this horrible disease.