Runner Travis Russell

For Travis Russell, the pain of losing his mother to Pancreatic Cancer in October 2011 is still very real. As he talks about losing his mom, Travis pauses as his emotions bubble to the surface. He was reluctant to share his story at first, because every time he has to revisit his mother’s illness, the… Read more »

Runner Derrick Lenz

Derrick Lenz remembers how life changed for his family in the blink of an eye one day in 2005. Derrick Lenz’ sister Larissa Lenz went for a run and was struck by a drunk driver. Her parents, Lawrence and Linda Lenz, met Larissa at the hospital where she was having her injuries evaluated. Fortunately, Larissa’s… Read more »

Coping with Metastatic PC

There are few moments in life that have a more profound and far-reaching impact than hearing the words, “You have Stage IV Pancreatic Cancer.” Receiving a diagnosis of inoperable, metastatic Pancreatic Cancer is clearly a life-changing event that has an all-encompassing impact on both patients and their families. We spoke with several patients who are… Read more »

Runner Peggy McGuinness

Peggy McGuinness was just 23 years old in the year 2000 when her mother Anne McGuinness was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer.  Peggy remembers so clearly how her mom waited an entire day to break the news to her. Peggy, fresh out of college with her first real job, had just bought her first new car…. Read more »

Survivors Talk about Treatments

In this Part Two of a Three Part series about living with inoperable Pancreatic Cancer, we hear from survivors about the treatments that they receive. In Part One (which can be found here: http://www.run4projectpurple.org/living-inoperable-pancreatic-cancer/ ), we learned about how challenging it is to diagnose Pancreatic Cancer. Symptoms are often vague or non-existent, which delays patients’ getting an… Read more »