December 19th, 2017 my dad, Luke Mayo, lost his battle with pancreatic cancer. One year and one day from the day his stomach started hurting, he was at peace.
Last year I ran the Bull City Half Marathon in his name and he watched me cross the finish line via FaceTime. This year, I will be running along side my aunt, uncle and cousin in his memory. My mother and husband Eric will be walking in his memory as well.
Sadly, my dad's story is not uncommon. Pancreatic cancer has the highest mortality rate of all major cancers; 74% of those diagnosed will die within the first year, and 91% will die within five years of diagnosis. One of the major contributing factors to the abysmal survival rate is that there aren't any screening tests for pancreatic cancer. Once it's found, it's too late.
Pancreatic cancer is a terrible disease, I can't describe the horror of watching my father waste away over the course of a year. Project Purple is an organization that envisions a world without pancreatic cancer. They have funded over 1 million dollars towards pancreatic cancer research since being founded in 2010. Please join us in contributing whatever you can to this wonderful organization. Last year we were able to raise 3,000 dollars, this year we're aiming for 5,000.
Watch my journey on Instagram via SBrunner17
Project Purple http://www.projectpurple.org/
Bull City Race Fest https://www.motivrunning.com/bull-city-race-fest/
Facts about Pancreatic Cancer http://pancreatic.org/pancreatic-cancer/pancreatic-cancer-facts/