Life's short. Sometimes we remind ourselves of this and do something that we wouldn't normally do. For some of us though, we'll run out of time. The fact is 75% of those diagnosed with pancreatic cancer die within the first year. That doesn't leave much time to live out various dreams or plans we've either always had or just thought "why not?"
My father passed away from pancreatic cancer in 1997. Before cancer took its hold on him, he was a very strong and healthy man with lots to live for. He had no challenges on the horizon except living out his days with his loving son and wife. He first started experiencing discomfort early in that year... he was diagnosed by Halloween, in for surgery on November 27th and was gone by December 30th. My father's story is one of many that I feel inspire us to take unexpected chances and experiences.
When I was driving to work one day, I was listening to the news about a skydiving challenge and thought to myself "why not?" I'm not going to lie and say that jumping out of an airplane miles above the Earth was something I've aspired to, but... why not? Searching for some support on this endeavor I approached my colleagues. Some said "that's on my bucket list!" Others were less inclined to do so but answered "I'll do it if you do it"
We've got a group of us now that want to do it as a team, to be supportive for one another, and we're encouraging each other to do something that we wouldn't otherwise do. The reason that experiences like this get put on the back burner is because we either make excuses or we just simply run out of time. We're not running for the cure... hell, we're not even walking. We're jumping out of a plane. Help us raise money for our fund with all of it going to Pancreatic Cancer Canada.