2017-10-18

Pancreatic Cancer Canada

Jason is riding RAAM in partnership with Pancreatic Cancer Canada to honour his late father-in-law, Gerry Rose, who passed on January 9, 2017 at 67 years old.

Gerry died only four months after his diagnosis.

“Papa” to his four grandchildren, Gerry never missed a milestone in the lives of the people around him.  Personally and professionally, he was a calm, patient and straightforward mentor.  Gerry and his trademark green pen retired in 2014 after teaching Journalism at Durham College, where he loved working with his students on the Durham Chronicle. He spent his leisure time in his fully-kitted woodworking shop, playing golf with a close group of friends, and running many marathons and half-marathons. It was Gerry who first encouraged Jason to take up running, to enter half-marathons, duathlons and triathlons, and finally to push forward to achieve his ultra-cycling goals.

Approximately 5,200 Canadians are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer every year.  Like 4,700 of these, Gerry did not survive.

Pancreatic cancer is the 4th (soon to be 2nd) leading cause of cancer-related death in Canada.  In the U.S.A. it is ahead of breast cancer as the 3rd leading cause of cancer death.

 

Pancreatic cancer is a complex disease.

  • Few patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer have identifiable risk factors.
  • Pancreatic cancer is difficult to diagnose, and the diagnosis is often made late in the disease’s course.
  • There are no detection tools to diagnose this disease in its early stages when surgical removal of the tumor is still possible.
  • Only 15% of patients are diagnosed early enough to be eligible for surgery.
  • It has the highest mortality rate of all the major cancers.  Within five years, 92% of patients die; 75% die within the first year.
  • It is the only leading cancer killer with a 5-year survival rate in the single digits at 8%.  Pancreatic cancer’s survival rate has not improved in the last 40 years.

Please make a donation to Pancreatic Cancer Canada.  Support research that focuses on discovering new and better ways to diagnose and treat pancreatic cancer, and to improve the quality of life of people living with and fighting this aggressive disease. All funds go directly to Pancreatic Cancer Canada. No part of any contribution to PCC is directed back to Jason, Shuker Cycles or the RAAM team.

We encourage you to donate to PCC.  Please also consider contributing to Jason’s Race Across America using the PayPal button on the Contribute page.