Karla Loera is emotional throughout our interview. She breaks down in tears several times, her emotions raw and genuine. She was only 29 years old when the love of her life, Don Corp, passed away after a short but hard fought battle with pancreatic cancer. Though losing Don has been the most difficult thing Karla… Read more »
My Name is Tonia Smith. As a survivor, I feel compelled to take action that will make a difference in the lives of Pancreatic Cancer patients and their families. Project Purple is an organization which will allow me to combine my passion for running with my passion for Pancreatic Cancer Advocacy.
Learning someone you love has cancer can be frightening and overwhelming. Friends and family often want to help the patient, but they are not sure what to do. People often resort to saying, ‘Let me know what I can do to help’ or ‘Let me know if you need anything’. While the people who make… Read more »
Delaney Pals watched helplessly from afar for much of the two years as her Uncle David Kostolansky battled pancreatic cancer. David’s strength in the face of the illness which ultimately took his life inspired Delaney tremendously. She was also in awe of his wife and three daughters, who always maintained a sense of hope and… Read more »
“Uncle David was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer while I was living in Chicago,” Tessa Pals recalls. Her uncle, David Kostolansky, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2014. In July, 2015, following chemotherapy and radiation, David was deemed eligible for potentially curative surgery. She adds, “He had surgery and it was a huge success.” Even though… Read more »
There aren’t many illnesses that can take a healthy woman and render her completely helpless in a matter of days. Pancreatic cancer is a disease which can do exactly that. When Jean Amodio was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, she was a stunningly beautiful, vibrant, active 64-year-old woman. Just days later, she could no longer even… Read more »