Thank you for checking out my fundraiser to help raise awareness of the devastation pancreatic cancer causes.
Project Purple's funding supports
Patient Financial Aid Program - Project Purple supports patients struggling with medical, pharmaceutical, and everyday living expenses related to their fight against pancreatic cancer.
Research Program - Project Purple funds research for early detection and finding a cure for pancreatic cancer.– We are currently funding research at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Tufts Medical Center, and University of Nebraska Medical Center.
I am running the Chicago Marathon on October 11, 2020 with the goal of raising $1750. Please consider donating to this wonderful cause, and a BIG thank you to those that have already donated.
On October 20, 2019, Sam, my boyfriend of six years, lost his father. Greg had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer the first week Sam and I moved to Denver in July of 2017. He happened to be at University of Colorado Hospital, which was where I was beginning my residency program as a registered nurse. When Sam called me to tell me the news, I began sobbing immediately because I had seen what pancreatic cancer had done to the patients I had taken care of as a CNA in hospice. I was devastated to know what we were about to witness. For those that do not know, once diagnosed, people with pancreatic cancer generally live another 3-6 months.
Greg was different and lived another two years. He was declared cancer free after some time. He required repeat CT scans to keep an eye on things, and there was a time when the scans came back with good news. Unfortunately, the cancer came back, and it had spread. He continued to go to work while receiving chemotherapy. He was there for his family, even when it was getting physically harder to do.
On the morning of October 20th, the 10 year anniversary with his incredible wife, Toni, Greg passed away.
As I mentioned earlier, I am a registered nurse. I offered to Toni and the family that I would be happy to take care of Greg that final night so that they could rest. I am grateful to my family for trusting me. I am grateful for my education and training that led me to a moment that was so personal, intimate, and profound.
I know we all wish things were different for Greg. Greg meant so much to me because I wouldn't be with Sam if it weren't for him. Sam wouldn't be the incredible person he is without his dad's influence.
I wish no family had to experience what we all went through, so please consider donating to Project Purple and my campaign.
If you read all of that, THANK YOU.