I am deeply motivated to run the 2024 Boston Marathon for Project Purple, a cause close to my heart. Project Purple is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering the fight against pancreatic cancer by raising awareness, driving crucial research, and providing aid for patients who are battling this devastating disease. Pancreatic cancer is a relentless disease with a staggering 12% 5-year survival rate. Project Purple is on a mission to change that statistic.
My connection to this cause is deeply personal as last year my dad was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Witnessing his resilience throughout months of grueling chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery was both inspiring and heart-wrenching. But, thanks to early detection and advanced treatments, my dad is one of the lucky ones who managed to overcome this ruthless disease. His survival is a testament to the importance of continued research and support for pancreatic cancer patients.
Running has always been more than just a hobby for me; it's been a way to bond with my dad. We've shared countless races together, but the pinnacle of our running journey came in 2015 when my dad pushed me to take on my biggest challenge yet: my first marathon. And not just any marathon, but the iconic Boston Marathon. Running those 26.2 miles alongside my dad was an experience like no other. He was not only my running partner but also my biggest cheerleader, providing encouragement and support every step of the way.
This connection with my dad makes running for Project Purple even more meaningful. By participating in the Boston Marathon on behalf of Project Purple, I aim to honor our joint experiences and bring hope and support to those facing the challenges of pancreatic cancer.
Project Purple's impact is undeniable. They've invested almost $3 million in research, established the world's largest high-risk consortium for genetic mutations linked to pancreatic cancer, and even launched Nebraska's first high-risk clinic for pancreatic cancer. Their Patient Financial Aid program has helped over 1,200 families with daily living and medical expenses, and they've sent over 3,200 Blankets of Hope care packages to people fighting pancreatic cancer.
There is still so much work to be done. That's why I'm reaching out to you, asking for your support. Your donation to Project Purple will directly contribute to their mission of making a real impact in the fight against pancreatic cancer. Together, we can raise awareness, drive research, provide vital aid to patients, and ultimately change the odds for those facing this disease.
Please consider donating to my Boston Marathon fundraising efforts for Project Purple. Your contribution will make a difference, and it will help ensure that more people have outcomes like my dad. Together, we can turn the tide against pancreatic cancer and bring hope to countless individuals and families. Together, we can stand beside those affected by pancreatic cancer and ensure that they never feel alone in their fight.
Thank you for your support. Let's run toward a future without pancreatic cancer