Little did I know the link http://www.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1104342 would take me down a road with so many thoughts about my Dad. The Atlanta PurpleStride 5K was a fundraising race hosted by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network which is a network of people dedicated to working together to advance research, support patients and create hope for those affected by pancreatic cancer. You see, in 2007 my Dad died, he had pancreatic cancer.
What a great cause.
We gathered early on a cold Saturday morning in Centennial Olympic Park to a sea of purple ~ PurpleStride 5K ~ 11/15/2014.
|Daniel listening to the PCAN speakers|
Pancreatic cancer is such a tough disease. The stats on it are scary. We heard from survivors and from relatives of those who were taken by pancreatic cancer. The emcee was Carol Sbarge, a local WSB-TV News Anchor. She told a personal story how her father lost his battle with pancreatic cancer and her mother from another type of cancer all within a year just as they were getting very close to retirement. It's just sad. It's unfair. Her words really hit pretty hard. We just never really know what is going to happen, or when.
Again, this race and fundraising was a way to fight back at this disease.
The 5K was a low key event much more about fighting the disease than about racing. We started near Centennial Olympic Park and made our way north near Georgia Tech. We could tell there was a big game that day (vs. Clemson I think) as many were already tailgating as we made our way through the area.
It was a good race. For me, I did something in this race that I had not done in a long time, I mixed in some running with my walking. It's been two years since hurting my knee and giving up running. It felt good to run again. I had no negative effects with the knee afterwards. Who knows, maybe I'll do more of these 5Ks and interject some running. We'll see.
This was a good cause. At last count the amount raised from this event - $303,828. That's great!
Afterwards, Daniel, Raney, and I headed over to Goldberg's Bagel for a little post race celebration breakfast. Great bagels there. Daniel mentioned something about possibly making this an annual event in memory of his Grandpa, my Dad.