As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, this past weekend we attended Purple Stride, a Pancreatic Cancer Action Network 5k. After seeing my twin cousins’ facial expressions in this photo from the event, I couldn’t help but share it. If you wrote your own caption, what would it say?
This weekend my family participated in PurpleStride, a 5k run/walk for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. This year’s Kansas City event has raised $297,000 – a HUGE growth for its third year. The best part about the event? It’s more than just a walk. It’s more like a carnival with booths, thousands of people, and a huge kids activity area complete with a blow up slide, face paint, crafts, and popcorn and cotton candy. I love how this event is raising awareness about pancreatic cancer. In 2013 45,220 will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the U.S., and 38,460 will die from it. Hopefully fundraisers like this will change those grim statistics.
Today’s photo is more about the meaning behind it than the quality or creativity of the photo. I work at the American Cancer Society, and we recently found out that our coworker was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer. I hate all cancer, but especially pancreatic cancer. My aunt died of it about 2 1/2 years ago, and it’s the only cancer that hasn’t had any significant breakthroughs in the last 40 years. My coworkers have rallied together to support her every way possible. Today we all wore “Team Suzi” t-shirts, made her signs of encouragement, and took group photos.