Dear Family, Friends, and Strangers as well,

As you may already know our mom/wife/nana, Lee Allbritton, lost her battle with pancreatic cancer almost 2 years ago. Again we continue to try and carry on her legacy by helping others through volunteering, and donating or just listening.

Pancreatic Cancer is the deadliest major cancer with a five-year relative survival rate of just 6% and no standard early detection tools and only minimally effective treatments. Despite using the newest and most aggressive treatments, Lee passed away a mere three months after her initial diagnosis with stage 4 cancer, and sadly, that is a typical result. Further, pancreatic cancer is expected to move from the fourth to the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the U.S. by 2020, meaning many more families will be devastated.

Today, only a few risk factors for pancreatic cancer are known. More research is needed to understand their direct relationship to the disease. Further complicating matters, there are no effective early detection methods available, and most symptoms are vague and could be attributed to many different conditions. Lee began showing symptoms only about a month before her diagnosis, and it took several weeks of tests and confusion before that diagnosis could occur. By that time, the cancer had spread to her liver, making her treatment and prognosis more dire. With early detection, she would have had many more options.

Our experiences over the past 2 years, with learning all we could about this disease after Lee's diagnosis and then the heartbreak of losing her, have shown us that the diagnosis and treatment of Pancreatic Cancer must change. By joining our team or donating, you are helping fund research, providing assistance for patients and caregivers, and most importantly creating hope.

PurpleStride is the signature event of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Each year, in communities across the country, tens of thousands of people participate in more than fifty-six PurpleStride events, including PurpleStride San Antonio. These events are critical in raising awareness and funds that advance research and support patients and loved ones with a promise of a better tomorrow.

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is blazing new trails in the fight against pancreatic cancer. Join us for PurpleStride San Antonio and together we will continue to rewrite the book on how to fight this deadly disease.

Last year Team Lee Allbritton raised almost $13,000 which was just about 10% of the total raised at the event. This year they have set the goal for $175,000 so I have set the team goal for $17,500 and 75 members. Please join us in making/beating this goal.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to find me on facebook https://www.facebook.com/steve.allbritton.984 or email me steve@allbritton.org

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Thank you in advance from all us for your support.

You can donate to the team or join the team herehttp://purplestride.kintera.org/sanantonio/teamlee


If you would prefer to send a check by mail, click here (PDF) to download a donation form. Please indicate the name of the event you are donating to as PurpleStride, as well as the name of the individual (Elizabeth Lee Allbritton or someone else you may know that has battled or is currently battling pancreatic cancer).