It's Time to Wage Hope: RIP Prince Philip


November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. I didn't know a lot about this disease until it hit so close to home last year when my uncle was diagnosed. I didn't know it would come and take him away from us so quickly. I didn't know that pancreatic cancer is the 4th leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S. I didn't know that approximately 134 Americans are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer every day and every day an estimated 111 will lose their fight.

What I did know was that my uncle, Philip "Tongie" Jackson, was the laughter in our family. Every special event in my life, he was there standing proudly and LOUDLY! LOL! He was hilarious and could always make you laugh no matter what was going on in your life. I could always expect a call at midnight on my birthday from him, singing once again LOUDLY!! To know him was to love him. We called him Prince Philip because he told us to LOL! But honestly, he held that title with honor and dignity, style and grace.

There will never be another Prince Philip, but it is my hope that families will not continue to lose precious loved ones over this despicable disease. There must be more awareness and research.

This is what I now know about Pancreatic Cancer...*
  • Just 4% of patients survive – it has the worst survival rate of all 22 common cancers.
  • Pancreatic Cancer is the forth biggest cancer killer – 24 people die each day.
  • It receives just 1% of overall cancer research funding.
  • Pancreatic cancer affects men and women equally.
  • For those diagnosed in time for surgery, their chance of survival increases tenfold.

How can you do something to bring awareness this month?
"PurpleStride is a signature event of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Each year, in communities across the country, tens of thousands of people participate in more than fifty PurpleStride events." They have designated November 14 as a day for anyone and everyone to take action. Ironically, this is my uncle's birthday!!! How awesome is that!!! What a great way to honor him! 

"Join us by striding in the park, walking on the treadmill, or meeting up with friends in your neighborhood! You can set a goal of one mile, two miles, or even a 5K. Anyone can join - just make sure to wear purple to support the fight against pancreatic cancer! Ask your friends to Wage Hope with us by joining your walk or donating to our fundraising page." For more information, visit: http://purplestride.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp

I wish we had more time to spend with my uncle, but I'm so happy that God blessed us with his beautiful spirit for all these years. Let's continue to spread awareness and put our resources towards this cause to find a cure for Pancreatic Cancer!

Our Prince Philip is missed EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. #cancersucks

Philip Jackson
November 14, 1948 - February 9, 2015

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