" My dad was my hero, there is no easy way around. Thats what he was to me. He was plain and simply my hero. He motivated me to be the best I could be. He basically told me the sky was the limit. I can only dream about being the father he as to me to my kids. That’s all I can ask. "

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My mother-in-law was an amazing woman, she loved helping others. She was a certified Nurses Aide. She would do anything to help anyone who needed it. She was a Christian. She was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She was told that with the kind of cancer she had, there was nothing they could do. It was heart breaking. She worked until she was too weak.
I just had her grandchild and she used every ounce of strength to meet him. She used every ounce of strength to see our family as much as she could. She even went through a major surgery just to live a little longer to be able to see her grandchild and family just a little big longer. She was so strong for us. She was so worried that we would blame God for this, and she did not want that. We watched her wither away, trying so hard to hide her pain. She said that all she wanted was to see her grandbaby grow up. That hurt so much. The day she left this world, she apologized for dying. She was so scared. She just wanted her family around her and wanted us all to be close and everyone to be happy before she passed.
We have learned about many cancer foundations over the years, but we had never even heard of pancreatic cancer. Her name was Sherry and life will never be the same with out her. Thank you so much for making Code Purple.


My grandmother, Jacqueline Ellis-Daniels was as healthy as could be, never in the hospital but to give birth to her 3 daughters. This past December she had a pain in her side that she couldn't shake and ended up in the hospital. They ran test and didn't find anything. She was sent home with a diagnosis of pancreatitis.
We noticed as she returned home her appetite changed. She wasn't eating a lot and started to lose weight. Our family as well as my grandfather was very concerned. We made her an appointment to see the doctor and it was then on the 17th of January 2017 that she was diagnosed with stage 3 pancreatic cancer. She was given 6-12 months to live. This was devastating to our family. My grandmother was such a strong woman, she stayed positive for her family. She tried to mentally and physically prepare us for her not being here in the near future.
February 18th, 2017 we lost her, and it broke our hearts because we thought we had more time with her. She was a beautiful, strong and caring person that will truly be missed. I being her oldest granddaughter and her name sake, remain positive knowing she is not in any pain and she's in a better place. A place that we will one day meet again. Her memory and her legacy lives on through her family, and the many people that got the chance to know her like we did! I will make it my priority to help fight this deadly disease, so know one has to go through what my grandmother had too!


Jenny Kessman has been an advocate in the fight against pancreatic cancer ever since her mother, Dore, was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, acinar cell carcinoma, in May of 2012. She battled her cancer for two and a half years; however, she passed away in November of 2014. After her passing, a local paper published a story on Dore which shared that she “was kind and courageous and loved above all else.” Dore carried the BRCA-2 gene, which increases the risk of developing cancers including pancreatic, breast, and ovarian cancer. Dore had a 50% chance of passing BRCA-2 down to her two children, so the genetic implications will affect Jenny and her family as they move forward. Jenny currently works at LendIt as their Marketing Manager. In the future, she would like to turn her passion of helping those afflicted with pancreatic cancer into a full-time job.