Whitney's Race

Saturday, Sep 12, 2020 at 3:00pm

Fort Smith Brewing Company
7500 Fort Chaffee Blvd
Fort Smith, AR 72916

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Whitney’s Race is not just Whitney’s race. It is a race against time for those yet to be afflicted with pancreatic cancer, the most deadly cancer. It is Time To Cure® pancreatic cancer. Whitney’s Time To Cure® has passed. Whitney Marsh perished at age 41, November 1, 2018, ten months after her diagnosis with pancreatic cancer. Five-year survival from pancreatic cancer stands at 5-9% showing little to no improvement in survival in the past 50 years despite vast medical advances across almost all other cancers. Researchers estimate pancreatic cancer will be the number two cancer killer in 2020. Diagnosis is often late begetting the need for local medical practitioner education as well as research for improved diagnostic testing and imaging. If patients are diagnosed in time for surgery, their chance of surviving 5 years or more increases ten-fold.  Once a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer has been made treatment usually involves chemotherapy with or without radiation therapy followed by curative intent surgery followed by more chemotherapy.

Whitney was scheduled for surgery, but the day before surgery a CT scan showed cancer had spread. She died within 4 months of the CT scan while re-starting chemotherapy and running 8-10 miles or biking 30-40 miles per day. Even the super-healthy are no match. Early diagnosis and improved pre-operative treatment options are the future. Whitney’s Race will fund the Whitney Marsh Foundation Inc for local education and equipment purchases as well as national research for pancreatic cancer. Approximately 70% of the proceeds will be apportioned locally this year and the remainder with the internationally renowned  pancreatic cancer research center, MD Anderson. Whitney’s Race is a race against time for a neighbor and perhaps a family member. It is Time To Cure® pancreatic cancer.

We raised over $80,000 in last year’s race. The Whitney Marsh Foundation Inc, a 501(c)(3) organization, donated $50,000 to the MD Anderson Pancreatic Cancer Moonshot program.  The foundation also donated $10,000 each to Mercy Hospital Fort Smith and Baptist Hospital Fort Smith. The remainder of the monies raised paid for expenses for last year’s race and a reserve for this year. This year we will reverse the donation percentages to donate more locally for early pancreatic cancer detection equipment purchases.  The monies you donate will be well spent.

Whitney’s Race day at Fort Chaffee will be a great day of running, racing, eating, and music. Race for your best time and afterward hang out for a great time. Bring yourself and friends to race. It is a day for family and friends who run or not. If you don’t want to race come anyway. If you can’t come consider a donation anytime.

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