Marci Czel is running the New York City Half-Marathon this year with the Project Purple team. As she has done in the past, Marci is running to honor her mother Jeanne, who passed away from Pancreatic Cancer on July 23, 2014. This year, Marci is not running alone. Marci is expecting her first child. Her… 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.
Pancreatic Cancer is a particularly difficult disease to eradicate. One of the most challenging aspects of battling Pancreatic Cancer is that there are currently no methods of early detection. Furthermore, symptoms for Pancreatic Cancer are often non-existent, vague or they mimic other illnesses. These factors lead to a delay in diagnosis for most patients. While… Read more »
Larry Nicolet remembers the whirlwind week in January when he went from thinking he was perfectly healthy to finding out he had a potentially lethal illness. Larry and his wife Joan had gone to a basketball game on January 20, 2011. At the game, Joan asked him, “Do you feel alright?” Larry replied that he… Read more »
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 »
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 »