Karen Bernard is speaking with me from a hospital bed. A couple of days prior, she had been cooking dinner when she accidentally punctured her hand with a knife. Within hours, her hand became so swollen and painful that she could not move it. She finally agreed to go to the emergency room to have… 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.
Kendall Reimer ran the Lincoln Half-Marathon on May 3rd, 2015. The 24-year-old opera singer had to overcome a lot of obstacles just to get to the starting line. Kendall’s family has experienced devastating losses to both Pancreatic Cancer and Ewing’s Sarcoma. Kendall has a heart condition which actually caused her heart to stop beating in… Read more »
Janine Dolan was a teenager when her father, Hank Dolan, passed away from Pancreatic Cancer. The trauma of her father’s illness and passing was, at times, too much for Janine to bear. She struggled for many years to process the pain of losing her dad so early in life. Though it took time, Janine eventually… Read more »
Julie Weiss is widely known in running circles as the “Marathon Goddess”. It is no wonder she has acquired the nickname, as she has run 86 marathons since she began running just seven years ago. When asked how she acquired the nickname, Julie explains that she saw the words “Marathon Goddess” on a t-shirt and… Read more »
Gina Bellar has run six half-marathons in the past for fun and to maintain her fitness. This year, the married mother of three will run the Lincoln half-marathon with the Project Purple team. Gina will be honoring her 41-year-old sister-in-law, Billie Murphy, who is currently battling Stage IV Pancreatic Cancer. Though Gina has recently cut… Read more »