Our Goal is to Raise $5,000
Dear Family, Friends, and Colleagues,
As many of you are aware, my aunt Kathy died from Pancreatic Cancer in 2009. With not many years between us, Kathy was like my big sister. Kathy was the backbone of the family, the glue that bonded us together, and even after her diagnosis, Kathy found a way to bring a close family even closer. Needless to say, I was [we were] devastated with her diagnosis and subsequent passing.
Admittedly we were not very familiar with Pancreatic Cancer up until Kathy’s diagnosis. But we now know that it is an extremely difficult disease to detect and treat and it has a very low survival rate. Here are some recent facts:
• An estimated 46,420 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the U.S., and over 39,590 will die from the disease.
• Pancreatic cancer is one of the few cancers for which survival has not improved substantially over nearly 40 years.
• Pancreatic cancer is the 4th leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States.
• Pancreatic cancer has the highest mortality rate of all major cancers. 94% of pancreatic cancer patients will die within five years of diagnosis – only 6% will survive more than five years. 74% of patients die within the first year of diagnosis.
• According to a recent report published in May of this year, Pancreatic cancer is expected to rise and be the second most deadly cancer by 2030.
Although Kathy faced pain and insurmountable odds, she never complained and never gave up her fight. As part of her fight, she founded the Granara-Skerry Trust, our family’s charitable organization to help raise funds for Pancreatic Cancer research and awareness. Kathy set a personal goal for the Trust to raise $1 Million dollars. Although it seemed like a lofty goal at the time, I am happy to report that our Trust has raised and donated over $670,000 to date!!!!
Our family will be hosting our Eighth Annual 5K Run/Walk this Saturday, September 27, in Medford.
It is extremely hard for me to ask for donations. In fact, I usually don’t ask every year. However, this year is shaping up to be a very special one. With close to 700 people registered (and more to come), we are expecting this year’s walk/run to be the largest we have ever had.
We know that many of you already give and have given to other worthwhile causes. We are hoping you can help us in raising awareness and in raising much needed funds for research and patient care.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and any support you can provide.
We sincerely thank you for taking part in this great effort to fight against Pancreatic Cancer.
The Granara Family
John, Rachell, Jordyn, Isabella, and Alyssa