PanCAN Walk/Run

June 21, 2008 at 7:50 pm 2 comments

Paula Tobias by Paula Tobias

Today was the 7th PanCAN (Pancreatic Cancer Action Network) Walk/5K Run.

I remember the first time I went. Frank was still so sick from chemo and radiation he couldn’t attend. At the beginning of the race Dr. Brill an oncologist from University Hospitals spoke about the survival rate of 3%. I’d never mentioned that to the girls and I’d been ignoring it for the last four months. But here we are today.

The turnout was impressive more than 500 I thought.

We are always looking for other survivors.

Photo Frank and couple

Today there were 5. When you go to other races the numbers of survivors are always so much different than this race. That’s one of the problems of Pancreatic Cancer the advocates are usually the survivors and their numbers are few for PC.

I was taken with the number of little people and the amount of canine friends that came.

The people that had loved ones pictures on their T Shirts is always touching.

I’d like to think that the work that is done to bring awareness and hopefully a cure will benefit the families of the ones left behind.

This little guy was there for his Uncle.

But it was a great day for a race, little overcast to keep it cool.

I’m proud to say my nephew Paul Dunphy came in second in the 5 K race.

But the real winner in my heart.

And as we left the threatening skies allowed a few sprinkles of rain to hit our windshield. It made me wonder if the ones that have past were watching over and shed a tear for the ones left battling this dreadful disease.

Pancreatic Cancer Facts for 2008
Pancreatic Cancer: the statistics

Pancreatic cancer is the 4th leading cause of cancer death in the United States.

In 2008, an estimated 37,680 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and 34,290 will die from the disease.

Men are 20% more likely to get pancreatic cancer than women and the majority of cases occur in people over the age of 65. The incidence rate among African-Americans is 40 to 50% higher than other ethnic groups.

Pancreatic cancer research constitutes less than 2% of the National Cancer Institute’s federal research funding—a figure far too low given the severity of the disease.

From a scientific research perspective, pancreatic cancer is where breast cancer was in the 1930s. Advancing pancreatic cancer research into the 21st century is dependent upon the increase of basic scientific research.

http://www.pancan.org/

Entry filed under: health, men of substance, Paula's Perspective, Tobias' Thought for Today.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Henery  |  June 21, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    Great pics and a great article, Paula!

    All the best to you and Frank!

  • 2. Paula  |  June 22, 2008 at 10:00 am

    Thanks H

    I learned that your life can change in a second, don’t take anything for granted.

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