Runner Amanda Thomas

Sharon Thomas was diagnosed with Stage IV Pancreatic Cancer in 2009. Her family was told that she could only expect to live for a few months, but Sharon fought as hard as she could. Amanda Thomas, Sharon’s daughter, explains, “Her grandson, Liam, was a huge motivator for her to live as long as she could…. Read more »

Runner Jill Smart

Jill smart’s father, Jon Mattson, suddenly started experiencing intense itching. He felt mildly ill, but it was the itching that really bothered him. He saw his primary care doctor, who ordered a series of blood tests. Everything came back within the normal range. However, Jon’s doctor refused to give up.  He persisted in trying to… Read more »

Runner Shannon Scalisi

Shannon Scalisi will be running the Chicago Marathon this fall in honor of her mother, Lynda Turnage. Shannon lost her mother to pancreatic cancer just weeks ago.  This will be Shannon’s first time running the marathon distance and she is looking forward to being a part of the Project Purple team. When asked why she… Read more »

Runner Marisa Valentinetti

Marisa Valentinetti was in nursing school in the fall of 2003 when her mom, Michele Adamo, became sick. Michele had been experiencing significant reflux and indigestion but she did not want to go to the doctor. She was no fan of the medical profession, so she put off going for quite some time. One morning,… Read more »

Runner Felicia Minson

Felicia Minson has known Brian “Boomer” Cover for much of her life. Brian’s father had been a popular dentist in their community of Pueblo, CO, and Felicia’s family and the Cover family had known each other for years. Felicia even went to high school with Brian’s younger brother. They had been friends for a long… Read more »