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This will be the Purple Cancer Kickers' second year walking for TGen. Last year was amazing! We had fun and, with the help of many, many others, we raised a good sum for pancreas cancer research. While we're sorry our team can't walk together, in person, this year, we will be together in spirit as we walk, stroll, hike, run, or amble to raise funds for research that will, someday, cure pancreatic cancer.
I was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreas cancer in late November 2017, just weeks after our youngest child's wedding. After being told that, even with standard treatment, I would have only 4-7 months to live, I was fortunate to find a clinical trial at HonorHealth Research Institute that has already given me almost three years. After completing the trial, I was on maintenance oral chemotherapy for 18 months, but started another IV treatment in early 2020. I have been able to enjoy our growing family, spend time with friends, work part-time, and enjoy time my husband, Jeffrey.
Since 1990, only 4 of 44 clinical trials for advanced (stage 4) pancreas cancer have extended patients' lives. TGen led 3 of those trials, setting the standard-of-care for this far too often silent killer. In that time, one-year survival rates have jumped from 2% to 66%, and two-year survival rates have increased from 0% to 14%.
The clinical trial in which I participated was designed by scientists and scientist-practitioners at both TGen and HonorHealth Research Institute, where cutting edge treatment is provided daily. The treatment itself was provided by an unbelievably caring and attentive team of nurses, NPs, MAs, techs, and support staff. While I have been very fortunate in my response to treatment, others have not, and much more research is needed before pancreas cancer can be cured. That's why I am walking (hiking, actually!) to raise funds for continued pancreas cancer research.
I appreciate any support you can give for this cause.
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