Monday Motivation: John Magee

"My wife was told by one clinician that I would die from this. He said, 'You will die within 18 months.' That was hard for her to hear."

Last year Rev. John Magee was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, the third leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. Less than 10 percent of patients diagnosed with this deadly disease live past five years. 

Today, Magee is cancer free. Read more about this pastor's incredible journey and why he is our motivational push for the week! 

 

Monday Motivation: Scott Phillips, Josh Johannessen and Jose Alfaro

Why, you ask? Because these three guys have taken bike riding to a new level. 

This trio from New Jersey has taken on the challenge of biking from Portland, Oregon to Portland, Maine to raise money for pancreatic cancer. They've traveled a little under 1,100 miles, and they've raised just under $6,000.

Talk about going the extra mile for pancreatic cancer research! Feeling motivated? Read more about their journey, so far, and visit their website to donate to the cause!

MONDAY MOTIVATION: KELLY WILLIAMS

Our motivational push for this week comes from overseas! 

Between running the London Marathon, coordinating a sponsored walk at her children's school and other fundraising events, Kelly Williams has raised over 8,000 British Pounds for pancreatic cancer awareness. That's over $10,000!

Williams lost her mother in May 2015 to the deadly disease, only 15 days after her diagnosis. 

"At the beginning of the year I was struggling, but when I received the e-mail about the place in the London Marathon it felt like it was meant to be and gave me a massive focus, which has really helped my grieving. Being able to raise money and hopefully help other people out there raise awareness of this awful disease has helped, and of course keeping mam's memory alive."

Read more about Kelly's story here.

THIS is why we do what we do! Happy Monday!

WHY WE STRIDE

"Pancreatic cancer is the only major cancer with a five year survival rate in the single digits. That's scary, right? Instead of turning away from that scary stat, these passionate individuals use it as fuel to double survival by 2020... That's why we participate in the Purple Stride."

Earlier this month, Jacie Scott had the opportunity to speak at The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network's Leadership Breakfast. Survivors, community leaders and corporate partners in the Dallas-Fort Worth area joined together to kick off the PurpleStrideDFW event set for November 11. 

Jacie got personal and shared her why, including her mother's inspirational story and little fragments of her own life. Other guest speakers included PanCAN founder Pamela Acosta Marquardt, chief medical officer Victoria Manax Rutson, MD, pancreatic cancer survivor Laurie MacCaskill, and CBS 11 senior investigative reporter Ginger Allen. What an honor!

You can read more about this incredible event here: https://www.pancan.org/…/dallas-fort-worth-unites-purplest…/