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Cycling Across America to Fight Pancreatic Cancer
This coming year, thousands of Canadians will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and told there is little hope for survival. I am joining Pancreatic Cancer Canada in their fight to SAVE LIVES by raising awareness and much-needed funding to support research that will result in new treatment options and better outcomes for patients battling this disease.
I am riding RAAM to honour my late father-in-law, Gerry Rose (L), who passed on January 9, 2017 at 67 years old. Gerry died only four months after his diagnosis. “Papa” to his four grandchildren, Gerry never missed a milestone in the lives of the people around him. Personally and professionally, he was a calm, patient and straightforward mentor. Gerry and his trademark green pen retired in 2014 after teaching Journalism at Durham College, where he loved working with his students on the Durham Chronicle.
It was Gerry who first encouraged me to take up running, to enter half-marathons, duathlons and triathlons, and finally to push forward to achieve my ultra-cycling goals.
About Pancreatic Cancer
This deadly disease has the lowest 5-year survival rate of any major cancer, at only 8 percent. This year, an estimated 5,500 Canadians will be diagnosed and 4,800 will die. Pancreatic cancer does not present with any symptoms for the longest time, and by the time a patient is diagnosed, the cancer is usually quite advanced and treatments aren't very effective. Despite being so deadly, it remains severely underfunded receiving less than 2% of government research funding.
Your donation can help change these statistics by advancing pancreatic cancer research and providing patients and their loved ones with the promise of a better tomorrow.
I thank you in advance for your consideration and support of this important fundraising initiative.
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