In memory of Alan, and for everyone fighting pancreatic cancer.
First: a brief story.
It was just another Thursday morning. Random Tuesday had only one running club, we’d just celebrated reaching 25,000 members, and we were two days away from launching the ‘Molly Weasley Ugly Jumper Run’. It was January 14th, 2016. Our day was shattered with the news that we had lost our beloved Half-Blood Prince, Alan Rickman. We immediately held a run in his honor, but we spent the next several weeks looking for a way to honor him in a more meaningful way. We did.
The single-largest event in our history was the ‘Half Prince Half Marathon’ in 2016. The donation from that event resulted in a first-of-its-kind clinical trial at the University of Nebraska that now has 76 people in it. While these 76 individuals are at higher risk of getting pancreatic cancer due to their genetics, they are now getting screened/tested every six months in an effort to detect pancreatic cancer as early as possible. And early detection is the only way to survive pancreatic cancer. We are literally saving lives three years later.
So why this story?
This is our Sixth Year. This is our Half-Blood Prince Year.
How can we start this year any other way?
Ladies and Gentlemen of Potterhead Running Club, we are pleased to announce that our first charity partner for our Sixth Year…our Half-Blood Prince Year…is an old friend. The Charity Partner for Event #1 is Project Purple! 💜
Their mission is simple: Defeat Pancreatic Cancer.
So, to honor Alan and all those we’ve lost to this disease, we are once again joining Project Purple in the fight to find a cure for pancreatic cancer and improve the lives of patients through support, hope, and compassion.
Come back tomorrow at noon EST, when we unveil the unbelievable opening event of the 2019 season!