Beth Swank had never been athletic. In fact, she describes herself as having been a “chubby” child. Her least favorite class was Physical Education, where she hated doing the mile run. She never imagined herself as a runner. After two pregnancies and two surgeries over the course of four years, however, running is what ultimately… 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.
John Polio is a gastroenterologist who specializes in liver disease. When asked to describe his father, John’s son Andy Polio says, “He is the best person I know. To say he is a role model is putting it lightly. He is so caring and dedicated. He has a crazy sense of humor that has permeated… Read more »
It may be difficult to understand why someone might want to train for a half or even a full marathon. Choosing to run for 13 or more miles may seem impossible or even slightly crazy. There are all kinds of reasons why people think that they cannot run long distances. They believe they do not… Read more »
When Keelin Hodgkins was 10 years old, she went to Boston with her beloved Aunt Cassie. A doctor Cassie knew was running the Boston Marathon in honor of patients she had lost. Cassie and Keelin attended the pre-race pasta dinner the night before the marathon, and then watched the marathon on television the next day…. Read more »
Rick Carone had encountered Pancreatic Cancer already once in his life. His mother had passed away at the age of 50, just two months after having been diagnosed with metastatic Pancreatic Cancer. Still, this young, healthy outdoorsman never expected that he might one day face the same diagnosis. Rick grew up in Cary, Illinois as… Read more »