Heather & TEN & Families & Friends
Our team name is "Heather & TEN & Families & Friends" in memory of loved ones we have lost...
Heather Stevens died in 2006.
Etta ("TEN") Mendenhall died in 2007.
Connie Ferris-Franke died in 1998.
Christine Ferris died in 2001.
Jayne Bradley Chagnon died in 2000.
Margaret Brower died in 2005.
Tom Hildebrand died in 2007
Jenny Sweeting died in 2011.
Rachel Barron died in 2014.
Each of their lives was taken by pancreatic cancer.
Any cancer diagnosis is a devastating one but hundreds of thousands of people survive other, more prominent forms of cancer (breast, colon, prostate, leukemia, lymphoma, etc.) and they join ever-growing armies to advocate for funding for those diseases. Pancreatic cancer, however, is still essentially a death sentence – one that now claims more lives in the US than breast cancer does (and it's on the rise!) – and it has no army. I have thus made it my personal mission to be an army of one.
This is not a “charity” event hosted by a race director who donates a small percentage of the proceeds to charity. We are a pancreatic cancer foundation (the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research) putting on our own event for the 20th year in a row to fund pancreatic cancer research projects and we have funded eleven such projects from this single event in each of the last two years. Still, for every grant application we approve, we are forced to turn away four or more applicants so just imagine the research that isn't getting done and join us in the fight!
This is not a race -- it's a mission!
Please join us in the fight!