It’s Tour time!
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m excited for this year’s Tour de France. True, doping scandals from Lance to Alberto Contador to Floyd Landis to… come to think of it, who hasn’t been involved in a doping scandal?… have taken some of the shine off of the Tour. Your average American sports enthusiast probably isn’t even aware the race kicked off yesterday on the island of Corsica. Then again, cyclists and triathletes aren’t usually overly concerned with what everyone else is doing or what they think.
My family set the bar high by raising $5,500 for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network during the Indianapolis PurpleStride 5K run/walk. Finishing fourth in the overall fundraising effort among all teams, Team DekeStrong exceeded my family’s expectations both in participation in the event and funds raised.
Now, with more lead time, we have a chance to do even better.
Well, we are one week removed from my dad’s total pancreatectomy, and we know everything we’re going to know in the near future:
Ah yes, the many criticisms of CrossFit…
I’m not sure what it is about CrossFit that makes it such a ripe target for people to criticize, but it sure seems to be a favorite pastime of a lot of fitness buffs who aren’t “into” CrossFit. Many times, people are critical of that which they do not understand, or have never tried. Healthy skepticism is one thing, but there is some serious unnatural distaste for CrossFit out there. We’re going to break it down and see how valid these criticisms are or aren’t. Today: FORM!
Normally, I like to write-up a summary of an event to give insight into how I race, how I am progressing, and the challenges faced while preparing for and participating in a particular triathlon or other race.
But this one is a little bit different…
My dad’s long-awaited surgery date arrived today and he was ready for it. At five minutes until five this morning, he was dressed and ready, and antsy to get going. Here, I’ll provide a timeline for information for anyone who may need to go through this someday.
If you’ve been following my Facebook or Twitter feed, or have read this site, you know that my dad is scheduled to undergo the Whipple Procedure tomorrow (June 20th). He is one of about 20% of pancreatic cancer patients with an operable tumor, specifically able to have the Whipple Procedure performed. The procedure improves the prognosis for patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer dramatically, so we are blessed that he is one of the lucky ones…
Just a few days away from the PurpleStride event in Indianapolis, the first in which my dad is represented, and his team – DekeStrong – presently stands as the eighth-highest fundraiser, with 25 team members signed up to take part on his behalf!
While pancreatic cancer is “only” ninth on the list of cancers most diagnosed in the United States, it is still fourth leading cause of death related to cancer. It remains the only cancer with a single-digit survival rate beyond five years, and the numbers have improved only marginally from the 1970s (2%) to 2008 (6%). Compare that to the five-year survival rates for prostate cancer (68% improved to 100%) and breast cancer (75% improved to 90%), and it’s easy to see that the attention and advocacy those more often-diagnosed have rightly received have benefited their cause. Is now the time to bring pancreatic cancer to the forefront?