Five years ago, I lost my mother to pancreatic cancer. Since then, I have continued her fight by asking friends, family, colleagues, and even strangers to contribute to PurpleStride Madison—the walk to end pancreatic cancer. Each year, they responded. This year, they helped raise over $3,360 bringing the five-year total to over $11,150.

My mom is smiling down on me, and someone fighting pancreatic cancer has a better chance of surviving. Since my mom’s passing, the five year survival rate has improved to 9 percent. That may be small, but it is an improvement as a result of so many great people contributing to events like PurpleStride.

Personally, I’d like to thank Franklin Middle School, New Horizon United Methodist Church, Evansville United Church of Christ, and all of my friends and family who contributed to this cause.

Your love and support mean the world to me.

Thank you.

MARSHALL REESE

Janesville

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