On Saturday, May 3, 2014, we walked in memory and honor of my sister-in-law, who lost her courageous battle with pancreatic cancer on 12/27/12. We came together for our 3rd annual event as Team Wanda Woman (link to 1st and 2nd). Our team was over 15 walkers strong this year and had many supporters who donated online. I am so thankful that we come together, to fight as a team, whether you were able to walk on Saturday or if you sent your love and support- we appreciate you! Wanda was definitely mentally tough- she fought a long battle with a quiet courage, never complaining and frequently smiling instead of crying. She taught me a lot, and I hold onto her memory as daily inspiration. When you are facing a diagnosis such as Pancreatic Cancer, it’s very easy to prioritize what is important and what is not. All the drama, arguing and trivial stress shifts to healing, hoping and praying. She had a beautiful knack for waiving off those who continually brought chaos to her doorstep.
Even before the pancreatic cancer diagnosis, Wanda was very involved with walking for cancer, walking every year at the Revlon’s event on Mother’s Day weekend. Team Wanda Woman plans on walking again in May 2015, with Wanda’s spirit. I would encourage you to get involved in a local event and save the date for next year’s PurpleStride in LA <walking for a cure to Pancreatic Cancer>.