If ever anybody didn't have it coming, Frank O'Mahony didn't have it coming. But he'd been hit from behind enough times on the soccer pitch to know that sometimes, fair play has nothing to do with the way life shakes out.
In early January, not knowing how else to express my grief, frustration, and fear, I decided to run in the ING NYC Marathon to raise much-needed money for research, treatment and support of those who contract pancreatic cancer.
My father taught me to Lindy as I perched on top of his feet. Three decades after pancreatic cancer took his life, it's still true that 75% of people diagnosed with the disease are dead within a year. How is this possible?
Pancreatic cancer patients generally receive the same diagnosis today that they received 40 years ago. In fact, pancreatic cancer remains the only cancer that still has a five-year survival rate in the single digits.