Join me in Chicago for the 2020 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. I will be running for Project Purple, a nonprofit organization with the mission of a world without pancreatic cancer.
Pancreatic cancer is a disease that has hit close to home this year. My father-in-law was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in November, 2019. When I was accepted into the Chicago Marathon I knew I wanted to run in his honor. He (and all the others who are fighting this fight) is my reason to run, the purpose behind my miles.
Many of you probably don't know my father-in-law, and let me tell you, if you don't, you are missing out. He is the most generous, kind, thoughtful person I know. From the first time I met him on my college graduation day, when my husband and I had just started dating, he made me feel like part of the family. When someone says, "He would give you the shirt off his back," he is the person they are talking about. He is a family man through and through. Family is the single most important thing to him. He does anything and everything for his family, and we couldn't love him more.
When we received this devastating news in November, he could have let it defeat him. But he didn't. He resolved to fight, and fight we are going to do.
Pancreatic cancer affects approximately 9 out of every 100,000 people every year in the United States and is one of the deadliest forms of cancer. Pancreatic cancer will become the #2 killer of all major cancers in the U.S. by 2020, yet it only receives 5% of the funds allocated by the government for cancer research. We need your help to fund more research and help more families fighting this terrible disease.
Please consider donating and helping Project Purple reach its mission to one day see a world without pancreatic cancer.