The four of us walked in memory of Helen, a 49 year-old mother, wife, daughter, aunt, friend. My neighbor’s daughter.
In 2023, an estimated 64,050 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the U.S. and more than 50,550 will die from the disease.
So the four of us walked to support the search to find a cure, to raise money and to bring awareness to pancreatic cancer which has the highest mortality rate of all major cancers.
Dressed in purple, we blended in with the hundreds who walked along Pennsylvania Avenue and with the thousands who walked throughout the US.
The caretakers, the medical teams, the survivors, families and friends created a human entourage.
Each one had a story to tell. The names of loved ones were written on their T-shirts. Although hearts were broken, each step paved the way towards healing. This walk melded greif and hope. One block at a time. One mile at a time, until they reached the 5K mark and heard a communal choir of praise.
I humbly walked across the finish line while remembering my friend, Bruce, who lost his life to pancreatic cancer at the age of 70 nearly a decade ago.
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