Taking Strides For Pancreatic Cancer

By Sharon | health

Jun 13

Taking Strides For Pancreatic Cancer

I generally write about more positive issues, however the subject of pancreatic cancer  directly affects me, my family, friends, and tens of thousands of others across the country. I am grateful to be one of the few lucky survivors of Pancreatic Cancer, and as more money is raised to support exciting and innovative research into new treatments and clinical trials, hope for a cure and positive outcomes are becoming an increasing reality. It was an honor and a privilege to be in the company of so many dedicated people at this event

“Wage Hope” is the slogan and theme for the annual Purple Stride 5K in support of Pancreatic Cancer. The walk took place in Wilmington, Delaware, with other events sponsored by Pancan taking place across the country. According to their website:

PurpleStride is the signature event of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network” (Pancan) which raises money to support ongoing research for the treatment and prevention of Pancreatic Cancer. Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s mission is a nationwide network of people dedicated to working together to advance research, support patients and create hope for those affected by pancreatic cancer. Founded in 1999, the non-profit Pancreatic Cancer Action Network's national office is in Manhattan Beach, California, with offices in Washington, D.C., and volunteer leadership in more than 90 communities around the country. It is estimated that more than 53,000 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year, and more than 41,700 will die from the disease. In 2016 it will be the third leading cause of cancer death, with a five-year relative survival rate of just 8%. Pancreatic cancer has the lowest five-year relative survival rate of any major cancer. Historically, pancreatic cancer research has been underfunded. Only approximately 2 percent of the National Cancer Institute’s budget (NIC) is allocated to this killer”.

Money raised helps fund research, and the many new and innovative clinical trials constantly available. Strides are being made every day, however there is still much work to be done. Monies go to funding research, clinical trials, and new advancements in the field.

As I’ve mentioned, I am one of the lucky few, and by July of this year I will be cancer free for 5 years. Others, including friends of mine, have not been so lucky in battling this cancer. I am well aware of the fact that not too long ago, I too might not have been so lucky. This is the reason, I am proud to be involved with Pancan. Overcoming this tricky and difficult cancer was extremely difficult, took an incredible medical and personal support team, and a long journey back to health and balance.

Robin Freschman & Sharon Giannotti

I’m affiliated with the team, “DJFresch”, the top fundraising team in our area. My friend and one of the bravest women I know, Robin Freschman, whose husband David, died of Pancreatic Cancer a short time ago has led this team into action for the past two years.

It is for my friend David, his family, and gratitude for my great fortune that led me to become more involved with Pancan. Given her situation, many people would have hidden, deciding that they never wanted to hear the word Pancreatic Cancer again, but Robin has risen up and “waged hope’ in her own way, so that in her own words.” No one has to go through what I went through”. We all need to wage our own hope, and take the call to action in whatever form that takes.

pancreatic cancer team dj freshc

This event was exhilarating and heartfelt, with a share of great sadness for those loved ones left behind. People walked in memory of their parents, grandparents, spouses, friends, co workers and on and on. There were people of all shapes and sizes, all backgrounds, and ethnicities; runners, power walkers, and those who quietly or noisily meandered along slowly with friends. Particularly, watching the children was incredibly touching. One could see from ahead and from behind, the sea of purple shirted participants actively engaged, sharing hope for a common cause.


Sharon, Ann, Robin and Pam at PANCAN

Some writers on color therapy say that the color purple,“combines the calm stability of blue and the fierce energy of red.” In my experience this representative color choice seems like no accident. It takes “stability” on so many levels, from the support teams in healthcare, to the research and clinical trials being done, in addition to the “fierce energy” and determination it takes to fight this battle, to wage this hope, and to come out of it on the other side. (source bourncreative.com )

To The PanCan Photo Gallery

Pancreatic Cancer gallery

To the PanCan Gallery

Take A Stride For Pancreatic Cancer

If you’re looking for a worthwhile cause in which to donate your time or money, please consider the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and our team.

In health and gratitude:


About the Author

Sharon Giannotti has an extensive background in education, nutrition, natural foods cooking and a variety of healing modalities spanning over 40 years.