Do you remember this post I wrote about death in science fiction and fantasy? It was about my father-in-law who died almost two years ago from pancreatic cancer. It’s the same disease that killed Iain Banks and Steve Jobs. For those who don’t know, pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest diseases in the world. According to the American Cancer Society, the one-year relative survival rate is 20%, and the five-year rate is 6%. Even where surgery is an option and the tumor is rumored, the five-year survival rate is still only about about 10%, although this can rise as high as 20% to 25% if the tumor is removed completely and the cancer hasn’t spread to lymph nodes.
My father-in-law made it less than a year. Shortly after his death, my family moved to Texas. It took us a while to find our bearings, but now we’re getting involved in things again. Our first thing is Purple Stride, which is an organization dedicated to funding the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, who in turn are dedicated to advancing research, supporting patients and creating hope for those affected by pancreatic cancer. The truth is there’s very little hope right now for those diagnosed with this disease. The work of Purple Stride and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network hopes to change that.
To that end, my wife and I are raising money for this year’s event in our home town. If you like what I do on this blog, or at Tor.com, or anywhere else, please consider sending any amount, no matter how small, to support our efforts. Visit this link to find out how to do that.
Thank you so much for reading. I promise to be less of a buzz kill in the days ahead.