The fight against Pancreatic Cancer seems overwhelming. With only a 9% survival rate, it is the third leading cause of cancer related deaths in the United States.
The pancreas is a gland in the abdomen that lies behind the stomach and in front of the spine. Its two main functions are digestion and blood sugar regulation. Pancreatic cancer begins when abnormal cells within the pancreas grow out of control and form a tumor.
The signs for this deadly disease begin with only vague symptoms, including abdominal or mid-back pain, loss of appetite, jaundice, weight loss, nausea, low mood or depression, pain in eating, change in stool and/or a recent onset of diabetes. If you experience one or more of these symptoms, especially without explanation, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network urges you to see your doctor.
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I began participating in "The Walk to End Pancreatic Cancer" last year with a friend who has lost two aunts to this deadly disease. The event brought me to tears as I watched so many living with this unforgiving cancer or have had friends and family succumb to the disease. The love, compassion and community were strong, but the one thing I won't forget is the hope.
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While talking to one of my cousins, I learned that she had a family member also pass away from pancreatic cancer. This brought this fight against cancer a lot closer to home and made me even more willing to walk for such an amazing cause.
Zonnie Diane McDonald, known as Diane, was like a second mom to my cousin Terry and her family. Diane was a very strong willed and outgoing woman. She always thought she couldn't have children. However, she had her miracle baby in 1986. Only two short years later, she began to get sick. The family came together to help out around the house and spend time with this amazing woman they all loved so much. She passed away on November 4, 1989 after a year of fighting pancreatic cancer.
I am proud to honor Diane, an amazing woman whom I wish I could have met. I also want to honor my friend's aunts Teri and Linda. You can read more about them on our PurpleStride Team Page.
PurpleStride is a national race that raises awareness and funds for research, patient services, government advocacy, and community engagement.
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I will once again participate in PurpleStride Puget Sound this year. Will you consider helping me rewrite the future of this disease by making a donation today?
Every dollar that you give ensures that the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network can continue working to improve outcomes for pancreatic cancer patients and their families. By donating today, you are supporting vital efforts to double pancreatic cancer survival by 2020.