"We wage hope for our mom! She has been fighting her battle with pancreatic cancer for 2 years now. She is no longer taking chemo and will be embarking on her new journey with clinical research. We are excited and continue to fight with her. She has helped me to use my voice and spread awareness about this horrible disease. This picture our family took signifies hope not just for our family but for others fighting this battle as well. Let's continue to wage hope and find a cure together!"
Congratulations to our final winner, Franceska, from our November contest! Thank you for sharing your photo and story with us.
Thank you all for entering our contest - please continue to share your photos with us on social by tagging #WageHope and @pancan!
"My mom was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in March 2015. She & my daughter have a bond that I am so blessed to witness. My heart aches knowing there will be a time that my daughter won't have her Grandma anymore, but I am fighting for that not to happen any time soon." - Jenn Murphy.
Why do you #WageHope? Share your stories about your fight to be #PANCaware in the comments below.
Will you join us in raising our voices even louder for #pancreaticcancer? We've made it easy to urge Congress to provide a minimum of a $2 billion increase for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which includes funding for the Cancer Moonshot.
Take action here: http://pcan.at/2BN
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"My name is Chrissy Dunn. I am 46 years old, married, and have three beautiful, amazing children. Our lives had always been full of fun and adventure with very few worries. That all changed on July 28, 2015.
I was diagnosed with stage III pancreatic cancer with an inoperable tumor due to vessel and artery involvement. I was told I had a 6% chance of living, and a 20% chance of being able to tolerate the chemo that would give me my best chance of survival. I felt complete and total devastation. Our worlds were turned entirely upside down.
With that said, I knew I was going to fight back. I immediately began the chemo treatments, and the miracles started happening!
I, in fact, was able to tolerate the chemo and my tumor markers immediately began to decline. My family and I sought surgical options and were told if I did more of the chemo, the tumor could be removed. So that's what I did.
Upon returning after 3 more months of chemo, though, I was told the cancer had metastasized to my liver and surgery was no longer an option. Again, complete and total devastation.
Thank goodness for my oncologist, who would not accept that answer and performed an MRI that revealed I did not have cancer in my liver. On May 31, 2016, I had the Whipple Procedure and am now cancer-free! The vascular reconstructionist surgeon didn't even have to come into the operating room because the tumor was no longer touching my arteries and vessels.
Funny how God works... I truly believe He knew where He wanted me all along. God is good!
The journey wasn't easy, but it is like everything else in life... It is what you make of it. It turned out to be one of the most spiritual, beautiful times in my life. If you are battling this awful disease, my words to you would be: DON'T EVER GIVE UP! Keep fighting... Keep looking for options... And, most importantly, keep the faith." #SurvivorSunday
#WageHope Volunteer Spotlight: Kim Levesque, PurpleLight Ambassador for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network - Connecticut Affiliate will Wage Hope this November in honor of her dad, who passed away of pancreatic cancer in 2015. She’s a dedicated volunteer, a top fundraiser for PurpleStride and is committed to lighting up her community by coordinating the affiliate’s first ever PurpleLight, held on Nov. 20.
“I want Connecticut to have its first PurpleLight so others can honor and remember their loved ones. This event means so much to me and so many others I have met along the way.”
#WageHope with Kim by taking action here: http://pcan.at/WHT16
Today is the day - World Pancreatic Cancer Day 2016! Show us how you wear purple to Wage Hope for the thousands affected by pancreatic cancer!
Make sure to tag us using @pancan and #WageHope! #WPCD