Dear Friends and Family:
Happy new year! As 2020 begins, Emily and Paul are again raising funds for pancreatic cancer research and care for patients as part of team Project Purple for the 2020 New York City Half Marathon. We began fundraising in 2016, and with your continued support have raised over $11,600 for Project Purple! Your donations are already being put to use – recently, Project Purple donated $1.2 million to NYU for pancreatic cancer research and has provided nearly $400,000 in financial aid to patients battling pancreatic cancer.
Every year, we think of our two family members that were lost to pancreatic cancer. David Slesinger, Paul’s brother and Emily's uncle, was diagnosed in 2015. He lived for only 6 months after his diagnosis and died at age 58. Doris Slesinger, Paul’s mother and Emily’s grandma, died from pancreatic cancer in 2006 at age 78. We also think of other friends and family who also have loved ones that have been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer is extremely difficult to treat. First, it is diagnosed too late for the majority of people to be treated. Second, there are no adequate treatments for this type of cancer. The prognosis is bleak. We need to accelerate the development of early detection tests for pancreatic cancer and support research for treating pancreatic cancer. Every day, more than 1,257 people worldwide will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and an estimated 1,184 will die from the disease (94% mortality).
We hope you can support our cause again (or for the first time!) this year. Any contribution is appreciated! Margaret, Paul’s wife and Emily’s mother, has graciously agreed to match all donations again this year. THANK YOU, MARGARET!
Love, Paul & Emily