REGINA - Pancreatic cancer is a relentless adversary, often diagnosed at advanced stages and notoriously difficult to treat.
In Canada, the battle against this devastating disease has found an ally in Craig's Cause Pancreatic Cancer Society. This national charity is on a mission to increase survival rates and improve the quality of life for every Canadian diagnosed with pancreatic cancer through awareness, education, support and research.
One of their initiatives, the Kicking PancreAS 5K, is uniting thousands in the fight against this foe.
The roots of Craig's Cause Pancreatic Cancer Society trace back to a deeply personal experience. In July 2006, Craig Schurman Condon, aged 63, received the grim diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. Only two months later, he lost his battle with the disease.
In the wake of his death, Craig's Cause was established as a non-profit organization in 2007, with a two-fold goal: to create awareness and fund research.
Over the years, the organization evolved and was rebranded as Craig's Cause Pancreatic Cancer Society in 2012, gaining national charitable status. His story became the catalyst for a nationwide movement dedicated to combatting pancreatic cancer.
One of the ways Craig's Cause Pancreatic Cancer Society raises awareness and funds for their cause is through the Kicking PancreAS This unique event first took place in Dartmouth, N.S., in 2014, and it has since expanded to all 10 provinces of Canada. The Kicking PancreAS is not your typical charity run; it's a nighttime five-kilometre run/walk that unites participants of all ages and abilities under the banner of hope.
Participating in the Kicking PancreAS 5K isn't just about getting some exercise; it's about contributing to programs and resources that enhance the quality of life for pancreatic cancer patients today and in the future. Only one in 10 Canadians diagnosed with pancreatic cancer will survive for five years.
By registering for this event, you become a part of the solution, helping to change the outcome of this devastating disease.
The event will happen on Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. in Regina, with both a five-kilometre run-walk and a five-kilometre family event.
Craig's Cause Pancreatic Cancer Society is a beacon of hope in the fight against pancreatic cancer in Canada. From its beginnings as a grassroots initiative to becoming a national charity, their dedication to increasing survival rates and improving patients' quality of life is unwavering. Join the movement, register for the "Kicking PancreAS” and be a part of the solution to change the outcome for those affected by pancreatic cancer in Canada.