Pancreatic cancer is the 4th most common cause of cancer related deaths in the United States and the least funded of the top-ten cancers. Approximately 54,000 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year with an overall 5 year survival rate of 9%. Pancreatic cancer is difficult to detect in its early stages and commonly is diagnosed as Stage IV disease. Significant funding toward research is needed to develop early detection methods, provide patients with more effective therapies, and improve quality of life after diagnosis.
We will be running the BAA Boston Half Marathon on October 8th in continued support of Project Purple, a charity whose mission is to achieve a world without pancreatic cancer through funding of research and patient advocacy. Together we have agreed to raise $1,000 for Project Purple in hopes that our small contribution may one day benefit others in their fight against pancreatic cancer and ultimately lead to a cure. Any contribution, no matter the size, is greatly appreciated. Thank you for all of your support. It means everything to have friends and family stand behind us on our way to 13.1 miles.
We will be running in memory of John Polio, MD and Rick Carone, two men who approached their diagnoses with strength and grace, never allowing their disease to dictate their enjoyment or outlook on life. They both lived their lives with sincere compassion and altruism earning them the trust and admiration of the many people whose lives they touched. We will be running to commemorate their lives as well as their courageous fight against this terrible disease, Project Purple’s admirable mission, and the many others who are affected by pancreatic cancer.
Always our best,
Andy and Jill