"To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all."
Inspired by our dear friend, fellow hockey mom and brilliant professional who, throughout her battle against pancreatic cancer, taught us what it means to live. In the face of her daunting diagnosis, Debbie’s courage and passion for life, her family and friends was unrelenting. Debbie chose to live life to the fullest each and every day. She embodied Oscar Wilde’s quote, “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”
Whenever I would have a hard day at the office or a tough run, I would think of Debbie. Always full of grace, happiness and faith, she was always smiling. A poignant reminder of what a tough day really is – hint it isn’t a bad day at the office. She was an unrelenting activist for pancreatic cancer awareness and research. At last fall’s Purple Stride event, Debbie was one of the featured speakers. In late December, she, our friend Melissa and I started working on setting up an immunotherapy clinical trial at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa.
This store, setup in her honor, to maintain her commitment to building awareness and funding critical pancreatic cancer research. We will not give up until we find a cure. Moreover, we will continue building awareness around the disease. We will be donating a portion of our profits to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in Debbie’s honor.