In 2019, Julie Weiss, Hirshberg Foundation Ambassador and ‘Marathon Goddess’, began running 52 Races for 52 Faces in a year-long challenge to raise awareness for pancreatic cancer. Every race included a special dedication. Survivors and loved ones shared stories of hope, love, loss and resilience. Together, they showed the journey of patients and the people who love them. This is one of the heartfelt Never Give Up stories shared.
By: Margie Sperling
I am very humbled as an 11-year pancreatic cancer survivor. I am not the one who deserves this honor. It is all those who cared and supported me throughout my journey (and continue to do so), who are the heroes. I do not say that lightly. The medical expertise I benefited, and continue to benefit, from, my family, friends and colleagues truly are what have kept me alive to this day. I am honored to have shared my full story as a guest at the Symposium on Pancreatic Cancer and am so grateful that my appearance has been useful to others dealing with this terrible disease. If sharing my story and celebrating my 11-year survivorship is the one of the best ways to serve the community and raise awareness, please do.
Stories from families & friends touched by pancreatic cancer often show the resilience and courage of the human spirit. Loved ones dedicate their time and effort every day to fight for a cancer-free future and every journey helps pave the way to a cure. Share your story, make a dedication and help raise awareness today.