I just made a donation to a specific cancer fund.
It was in memory of a cancer warrior who fought so hard against his disease. His cancer was Pancreas cancer, one of the most difficult to treat. It's considered one of the 'silent' cancers that shows it's face as an advanced disease and by that time, treatment options are limited.
I didn't know this man, but I've come to know his widow and she is an amazing woman.
He "paid it forward" by fighting and allowing his doctors the chance to learn from his fight. He would be proud to know she's continued to 'pay it forward' by gathering walkers and runners who remembered him, honored him at a fundraiser. She's collected many thousands of dollars that will land in labs around the country, working to discover the secrets that make pancreas cancer so deadly. It won't be that way forever.
I'd like to think that any one of those dollars will be THE one, that allows some one wearing a lab coat some where, the opportunity to stumble on the key that stops this cancer from growing so quietly.
Besides, it created another widow in this world. There are far too many already.