My mother, Shelley Uva, died from pancreatic cancer on November 5, 2011. I continue to miss her every day, and to mourn the years her family and friends haven't gotten to share with her. But we've all also sought ways to honor her memory. Mom was a fundraiser by profession, an idealist at her core, and a proud New Yorker. With that in mind, almost 7 years to the day that Mom died, I will be running the New York City Marathon in her honor, and enlisting the support of those who knew her and loved her to continue the larger fight against pancreatic cancer.
Pancreatic cancer is the 11th most common type of cancer, but the 3rd deadliest--it is estimated that of the 55,000 Americans who will be diagnosed this year, 80% die within a year of their diagnosis, with 92% dying within 5 years. This is disturbing news--but that's where we come in. In many ways, we're at the beginning of a long battle when it comes to pancreatic cancer. We need better and more frequent screenings so people can be diagnosed earlier. Once people are diagnosed earlier, there will be more room to discover the most effective surgical and non-surgical approaches to treating and managing this disease. And hopefully someday in the not-too-distant future, pancreatic cancer will, like many other cancers, have a greatly improved survival rate. With your help, we can make this happen! Thank you for your support!