In March of 2016, my Aunt Karen was faced with a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. She battled nearly every day after until she went to heaven with God on April 15, 2017. She was a wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend to countless people. It would be impossible to know the number of lives she made better, or lives she touched. Her gentleness, kindness, and always loving heart are things nobody could ever forget. The American Cancer Society estimates 53,670 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2017. Only just over 10,000 are expected to survive. That means 80% of those diagnosed will not survive. In 40 years, there has not been a significant change in survival of pancreatic cancer. I can't imagine 43,090 Aunt Karens passing away in one year! Last year I ran the Urban Bourbon Half Marathon in her honor, and she cheered me on the entire way. This year, my parents and I will be participating in her memory. I'd love to fundraise for this race, so that somebody, somewhere can have their "Aunt Karen" win this fight and change those terrifying statistics.