Gina Cyza was training for the Market to Market relay race in 2014. The active and healthy 40-year-old had run several races in the past, but this time around she felt like she could just not get into the kind of shape she had been in before. She was feeling fatigued and went out for… 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.
Cecil Vermule found himself struggling to make the half-mile walk from his car to his office one Friday in June of 2012. As he walked uphill, he found his heart racing and he felt himself become out of breath. Cecil thought, “I am too young to be out of breath from walking a half-mile.” That… Read more »
Kristin Ebberts’ personal experience with Pancreatic Cancer has fueled her desire to focus on improving her own health, and the health of everyone in her life. Kristin lost her beloved father, Stan Neher, to Pancreatic Cancer in 2012. Losing her father to this disease pushed Kristin to take a long, hard look at her own… Read more »
For this installment of the Project Purple Pancreatic Cancer Survivor Series, we will be hearing from survivors who had surgery as part of their pancreatic cancer treatment. Only a small percentage of Pancreatic Cancer patients are diagnosed early enough to be eligible for surgery. It is estimated that only approximately 15-20% of patients are eligible… Read more »
Joy Anderson was just twenty years old in 2002 when her mother was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer. Originally from Sioux City, Iowa, Joy was a sophomore in college in Lincoln, Nebraska when she first learned of her mother’s illness. Joy’s father, Jim, had gone into the hospital for knee surgery. His wife, Sharon, developed intense… Read more »