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Survivor Story: Chris Calaprice

09/08/2009
Hello my name is Chris Calaprice.  I am a six year survivor!
 
I am 42 years old and have survived recurrent pancreatic cancer since 2003.  Like many other people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, I am not old, nor an excessive drinker.  We understand little about the causes of this disease or it’s prevention.  This can change with your help.  I have lived a full life- a life of backpacking, multi-hundred mile bicycle tours, service in the US Army Rangers, rock climbing, sailing, crossing oceans, diving wrecks.  I have a loving marriage, and the best friends and family imaginable.  Unfortunately many others who are diagnosed with this disease will not have time to fulfill their dreams or enjoy their family and friends. 
 
Pancreatic cancer is the 4th leading cause of cancer death in the U.S.; however it receives much less funding than any other leading cancer.  Pancreatic cancer is preventable and curable; it’s just that we’ve not found out how to prevent it or cure it….yet.
 
Moved by a quote often attributed to the 18th century Irish statesman Edmond Burke, “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing”.  I find that I must give voice for those who no longer can, or are consumed with the battle and cannot spare the energy.  So with the encouragement of leaders of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network along with my wife Jennifer, I founded Road 2 A Cure to take the message of survival and our call to action on the road.  As with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, our goal is that by educating the public and collaborating with caregivers, other cancer advocacy organizations, private sponsors, researchers, dedicated physicians, and YOU we will understand this disease and find a cure.  There is hope.

My name is Chris Calaprice and I am a survivor.  I am one of the lucky ones and have been able to beat the odds. Because of this, I am able to speak for those who can’t. Won’t you join me?



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