Remembering a friend and celebrating his life today – 3/1/13

Today, March 1, 2013, is the anniversary of celebrating Herman’s life, my dear friend who is like a big brother to me.  My sisters and I, together with some friends, continue to run/walk/participate in honor and remembrance of Herman, and to spread awareness of pancreatic cancer.  This year, Raciel (my sister) and I are running for Team Herman 2013 and supporting pancreatic cancer research through fundraising.  Our two races this year:  Raciel is participating at her 12th marathon at the 2013 LA Marathon (3/17/13) and I will be attempting to complete the American River 50 mile (4/6/13).  Please help us reach our combined goal of $1,313.  In return for your donation, I will be dedicating a mile and prayer intentions to each donor who had contributed to our cause.  On April 6, 2013, I will take you through my 50 mile journey in spirit, and draw strength through these prayer intentions. Please visit this link to make a donation:

About our cause:

We lost Herman on March 1st, 2011 — a mere five months after we found out he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. It did not take me long to search on the internet that pancreatic cancer was, as coined by Dr. Mehmet Oz, “the cancer which doctors fear the most.” Raising awareness and funds for promoting the research of pancreatic cancer, for organizations such as the Hirshberg Foundation and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, helped ease the trauma of losing my good friend, my big brother, Herman.

While there was a recent “milestone” in terms of funding for Pancreatic Cancer research (President Obama recently signed the “Recalcitrant Cancer Research Act” into law), the numbers remain the same: the survival rate is only 6% and has been in the single digits for decades. Your support truly makes a difference in providing the funds for continued research and potential advances — especially with better screening and early detection!

Thank you in advance for helping keep Herman’s memory alive!