DENVER (CBS4)– Meg Philips started the Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk in Denver in 2007 after her husband died of pancreatic cancer.
She’s made some good friends along the way, but it’s a mixed blessing.
“It’s tough. It’s something I would rather not have friends from, but we have become really good friends and I think that we’ll stay friends forever,” said Philips.
Pat Allen joined the walk after her husband was diagnosed and died from pancreatic cancer. Allen and Philips’ husbands shared radiation time during treatments. They became fast friends.
“Rich actually followed Bill in the radiation department. They were really, really bosom buddies right until the end,” said Allen.
Karen Robinson walked last year for the first time.
After I walked and met these women I wanted to get involved, so I got involved with it,” said Robinson.
“For me, being a part of the Lustgarten Foundation helps me be hopeful because I’m also very concerned about the genetic component of pancreatic cancer. His father died of pancreatic, my husband died of pancreatic, and so I look at our two boys, 28 and 25 and I get very concerned about what their chances are.”
The Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk is Sunday, Nov. 6 at Sloan’s Lake Park in Denver. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the walk starts at 10:30 a.m.
For information on the walk or to register, lustgarten.org.