Love is stronger than cancer undoubtedly. It doesn’t always feel like that. Sometimes the pain that cancer has caused brings us to our knees, but that’s why awareness and advocacy are hugely important. Like most people, I wish I knew nothing about this insidious disease. Why? The only way you really learn about its devastating impact is when a friend or family member is diagnosed. Otherwise, the disease is a complete mystery. The battle, the fight for a cure for many of us is personal.
Today begins Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month here in the states. For us it will culminate at the Purple Stride event on November 19th. I’m a huge supporter of Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and their goal to double survival by 2020. Importantly, PANCAN is not only working towards a cure, they are a priceless resource to patients and families contending with the diagnosis. My friend Debbie was a huge proponent of the organization and spoke at last years Purple Stride about how their services helped her and her family.
For the last two year Debbie a fearless, courageous and incredibly strong women completed the Purple Stride 5K. She was in the middle of chemo for stage iv pancreatic cancer and she completed a 5K. Up until my first Purple Stride event, I didn’t think I could even run a mile let alone 3.1. Her strength was so inspiring to me that I took up running. I went on to complete 12 5Ks in 2016. She made me better in so may ways.
It breaks my heart to even think that she won’t be with us at this year’s Purple Stride. Her absence makes our mission that much more important. While Debbie is no longer her to champion the cause, we are and we will. Until there’s a cure, until another family doesn’t have to suffer through this horrible disease, we will keep on fighting. In her honor, I’ll be posting daily this month to help raise awareness and raise funds. Finally, one thing I learned from Debbie, and there were so many, was living in gratitude. Additionally, I’ll be including something that I’m thankful for in each of these posts.
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