Hero Story: My Dad
By Brian Cover
When I found out my father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in February of 2007 I really didn't think much of it. I figured it was just another one of those cancers that is curable with chemo and radiation treatments. After typing the word "pancreatic cancer" into a search engine my heart immediately dropped to the floor. I think my dad knew how bad it was, but he never let us believe that it was going to take his life away. In fact, my dad continued his life as normally as he could. As a dentist he went to work every single day with a smile on his face, even when he did treatments during his lunch break. My dad did every thing that he could to battle the terrible disease. Eventually we ran out of options for him, but that did not stop him from doing the things he truly enjoyed in life. The disease didn't stop him from working, watching baseball or being there for his family. He carried on his duties as a dentist until a week before he passed away on December 6, 2007. He was not only a hero to my brothers and I, but countless others in the community. It is important for all of us to remember our loved ones. This year I founded a golf tournament to not only remember my father, but to raise awareness and funds for pancreatic cancer. It is my obligation to continue the fight my dad was not able to finish.
Pancreatic cancer is the ONLY major cancer with a five-year survival rate still in the single digits at just 6%. With your help, we can change this deadly statistic.