Labs and Loved Ones…

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.

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Linda June 25, 2013 at 11:08 pm

Thank you so much for your support. I was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer 6 years ago and it changed my life and the life of my family. I was sickened to learn the stats of this cancer and horrified to learn about the lack of funding. I pray one of your dollars leads to a cure or a tool for early diagnosis.


Kathie Scott June 25, 2013 at 10:35 pm

I lost my sister to pancreatic cancer last year…thank you.


Jo Aylor June 25, 2013 at 7:20 pm

Laurie… The man you wrote about was my uncle…you would have LOVED him :) He was an amazing person who would do anything for anybody. He had a great sense of humor and was SO full of love. Thank you for your donation, and your support of Aunt J :)


Laurie Hirth June 25, 2013 at 6:28 pm

It’s the cancer that took my friend Dominick too. I hope they can find the cure… Thank you from the bottom of my heart Laurie for doing this and for all you continue to do!


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