Charlie Steinhice's father died shortly after he graduated from high school. Charlie Steinhice says "I'm convinced he hung on the last few months because he wanted to see the last of his kids turn 18."
Charlie's father was diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer. Because pancreatic cancer can often be difficult to diagnose, it is often not found until later stages when the chances of survival are very slim, about 26 percent.
Pancreatic cancer tends to be silent and painless as it grows. Some common symptoms to look for are weight loss, abdominal pain, and jaundice.
Charlie Steinhice says "It accounts for the 4th leading killer among cancers, part of that is just because it hasn't gotten better and hadn't seen the improvement that so many others has, it has had such a low profile."
That's why Charlie says local support groups and events like the Purple Stride are so important to raise awareness and funds.
Charlie Steinhice says "Every time we have this event we find people who are going through the disease."
Charlie Steinhice says "We are silent no more."
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