September 29, 2012- UPDATE:Run complete! Funds raised OUT OF THIS WORLD! THANK YOU!! We won first and second in the Tu tu division ;-) (we were the only ones wearing such fab stuff!) Day was absolutely gorgeous fall weather. The kind of day when mom would have exclaimed it was 'Divine'. The kind of day when you want to spend it all outdoors. Despite my rather short 'training' period ;-) I felt pretty good, maybe it was the Tutu ;-) maybe it was mom's help, or both! but my step was lighter.... until the last few miles of course when i had to run right past our house to the finish. I wanted to walk, but kept thinking of how strong mom had been all the time she felt crappy, how she perserviered to get up and go about her day, and then some. So we did it! You all helped and i thank you so very very very much. XOX
September 28, 2012 - UPDATE we are ready to run! Mary (my girlfriend from San Diego) and I spent the day making our 'outfits' for tomorrows half marathon..... I think mom would approve! Will post full pics tomrrow. THANK YOU EVERYONE for honoreing my mom and supporting me and this effor to help fight cholangiocarcinoma. XOX
September 27, 2012 - UPDATE: Tomorrow, Sept. 28th, would be my mom's 90th birthday. The day after, Saturday Sept 29th, i am running the Huntsville Half Marathon in her memory and raising valuable funds to help fight Cholangiocarcinoma, the cancer that mom fought for 9 months. I would LOVE for you to come join me in the run on saturday.... But if you can't, please join in by donating to my campaign in memory of my mom. Cholangiocarcinoma (cancer of the Bile Ducts) has very little funding for reseach and options for treatment, as it is considered 'rare'. Rare or not, no one should be given a diagnosis and told there is little that can be done. I have been very succesful in my fundraising for this event! I am hoping to top it off at $2000.00 and i am almost there. If everyone would give just $10.00 today, i would reach my top goal by Saturday. So instead of being able to call my mom (and not a day goes by where i don't reach for the phone to call her....) and wish her Happy Birthday, i hope that i will be writing YOU a Thank You for helping me honor herlife and memory,, and make a difference.
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.
PS: Fall was a time when mom would come out to Utah and visit, and we would go on some road trip exploreing the west. In 2010 we went to Yellowstone. This fall has been very lonely without her visit.
September 20, 2012- UPDATE: Ten days since I began this campaign and I met my initial goal of $900.00, DOUBLED it to $1800.00, hit that goal and I am SO very grateful for the support! I now have nine days until my Half Marathon....... what to do...??? $2000.00!!! A nice even round solid number, and I KNOW I can meet and probably exceed $2000.00. Funds raised go directly to the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation and help fund badly needed RESEARCH, patient outreach and education. Running is the easy part.... Fighting cancer is not easy , but we can do our part to try to make a change. Please help me raise $2000.00 by Sept. 29th. Thank you.
No Act of Kindness, However Small, Is Ever Wasted. ~ Aesop
September 13,2012- UPDATE:It's barely been 3 days since I created this page and started fundraising and I already have had to double my initial goal of $900.00 , and now I am a mere $425 away from my double down goal of $1800.00!!! WOW! PLEASE help me have to increase my goal a second time! After all, the more funds that we raise, the better we arm ourselves against Cholangiocarcinoma (Cancer of the Bile Ducts) through research, education and outreach. My mom fought like a true hero, but no one wants to be diagnosed with a cancer no one has heard of... because that means that there is little research on that disease, and with research comes better treatments and cures. I'm fishing for a cure and I need to cross Three dollar Bridge! I welcome and appreciate a donation of ANY size..... $3.00 up to $???? So if you have not yet given, please consider doing so now.
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On September 29th I will be running the Huntsville Half Marathon in memory of my mom: Sandy King, who passed away on August 2, 2012, from Bile Duct Cancer.
I certainly don’t need to run another half marathon, but I am compelled to raise much needed funds, to help fight against the cancer that took my mother’s life.
Cholangiocarcinoma (Cancer of the Bile Duct) is considered a rare cancer, which basically means there is little funding for research to find a possible cure, better treatments and early detection methods. Although Cholangiocarcinoma is considered a rare cancer, there are thousands of diagnoses each year. In The United States, intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma is one of the few cancers where the incidence is actually increasing.
More funds and awareness are badly needed and that is why I want to help those diagnosed find better options for treatment, and a better possibility for a cure.
The Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation is a patient-‐centric organization funding strategic research, delivering support and understanding to both patients and caregivers, promoting collaboration between researchers, doctors And other nonprofits and providing education to all. If you require additional information, please contact me and I will be happy to answer any questions you may have. You may also visit www.cholangiocarcinoma.org online or contact them directly by phone at (801) 999‐0455.
PLEASE HELP ME RAISE $1800.00 - Double down!
Mom would have turned ninety on September 28th, the day before my half marathon. She fought cancer for nine months and that is why I am asking you to help me raise $1800.00 ($200.00 for each month she fought) I've kicked off my fundraising by make a donation of $50.00! I appreciate any amount you can give.
Your contribution will make a positive impact and go directly to fund research to improve diagnosis and find a cure. Together, we can bring attention and critical dollars to this underfunded disease. Please donate today in memory of Sandy King.
Diagnosis of Cholangiocarcinoma often comes in the later stages, as it did with my mom; and often, there is little that can be done at that point.
Mom was diagnosed last December, and surgery, the only possibility for a ‘cure’ of Bile Duct Cancer, was out of the question. She did however opt to try Chemotherapy, and despite that she was the fittest and amazingly energetic eighty nine year old we knew, this was a very brave choice. Chemo is grueling for any cancer patient, and the most commonly used ‘cocktails’ for Bile Duct are particularly harsh.
Chemotherapy is often used as a palliative measure for Bile Duct Cancer. Without any sort of treatment, prognosis is generally less than 4 months. With treatment, prognosis is extended to up to nine months.
Mom started Chemo in February after two uncomfortable months of pain in her belly, having little appetite, stents being placed in her bile ducts to alleviate jaundice, and numorious doctor visits to prepare for Chemo. Treatment would be once a week for two weeks in a row, then a week off. She was prescribed drugs for pain, drugs for nausea, drugs for energy, drugs for sleep and more drugs to combat all the side effects of the all of the drugs she was prescribed! Keeping her sense of humor, she was the one who laughed at the Dr. after he prescribed yet another drug at one point. She remained living in her old New England farm house. She got up and dressed every single day. Some days were better than others, and on those she cooked and baked up a storm. After a few cycles we learned what the ‘pattern’ of side effects were, and mom took it all in stride that was mind boggling to witness. Family, friends and neighbors came out in force and not a day went by where mom was not visited and or offered help. We were so lucky to have all the support.
In June we learned that the Chemo had not in fact worked to halt the cancer. It had spread and there was nothing more that they could do.
Again, my mom faced this new reality with such bravery and stoicism, we all could only try to follow suit. It was hard. People might say that eighty nine is a life long lived, but when it is your own mom, it's still too short.
She had planted her gardens and spent time taking care of her farm, always looking forward to what would bloom or be ready to harvest next. As a family we had many wonderful gatherings and visits, including a reunion on the cape just two weeks before she died, where she went to the beach, fishing out on the boat, and even caught two fish!
The end came quickly, and on August 3, 2012, mom passed away in the middle of the night.
Amazingly, throughout the whole ordeal, my mom only spent two days in bed, and they were her last two days. Not everyone can go through this type of diagnosis and still continue their normal daily routines and life with as much vigor as she did, especially at eighty nine! I always knew that my mom was a Super Woman and now I am sure!
Please help me honor my mother and her amazing strength, by donating to the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation in her memory; so others may get earlier diagnosis, better treatments and above all, a cure!
All contributions to The Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation are tax deductible. I thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to whatever support you can provide. If you are able to donate privately, please also check for matching funds through your employer. Many companies have matching programs which you may not be aware of.