Episode 280 - Surviving Pancreatic Cancer with Eric Lugo
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4d ago
Meet Eric Lugo from Houston, Texas. Eric is a veteran whose journey with pancreatic cancer can be traced back to when he had a case of pancreatitis during his basic training in 2005. A stent was put in to treat his pancreatitis, and he went back to his usual military routine without much concern from the doctors. After years of discomfort in his upper abdomen and his health declining over years of service, he started losing weight and found himself feeling very ill. It got to a point where he was visiting the VA office very often to try and pinpoint the reason why he felt so awful. Despite und ..read more
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Episode 279 - Completing 6 Stars for Mom with Bill Nugent
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1w ago
Meet Bill Nugent from Northern New Jersey. Bill has been a loyal supporter and friend of the Project Purple running community for a long time. He recently achieved his 6-Star status at the 2024 Boston Marathon, which means he has participated in all six world major marathons: NYC, Chicago, Berlin, London, Tokyo, and now Boston. In this episode, Bill talks about what inspired him to become part of the Project Purple run team. It all started with his mother who battled stage 4 pancreatic cancer. While he lost his mother to the disease, he turned his grief into something incredibly powerful, beco ..read more
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Episode 278 - Fundraising on Social Media with Good United CEO Nick Black
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by Project Purple Podcast
1M ago
Nick Black is the CEO and co-founder of Good United, a non-profit organization that empowers and strengthens non-profits of all causes through social media fundraising. Nick is a veteran himself and co-founded the non-profit Stop Veteran Suicide with his peers to eliminate soldier suicide. As a non-profit leader, he realized the potential of social media fundraising to streamline donations from his non-profit's supporters and was instrumental in developing the first social media fundraising software. Good United has helped raise billions of dollars in fundraising for many non-profits nationwid ..read more
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Episode 277 - Surviving Pancreatic Cancer as a Family with Jewelz & Matt Tucker
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by Project Purple Podcast
1M ago
Meet Jewelz and her husband and caretaker, Matt, of Northern California. The couple have four children together and were both feeling optimistic about their future as they entered their 50s. However, they could never have been prepared for Jewelz’s pancreatic cancer diagnosis in 2022. Her stomach pain began in the 90s when she was just a high schooler, persisting into adulthood, but she always convinced herself she was being a hypochondriac about the pain. Nevertheless, the severity of the pain sometimes made it hard to dismiss. Consulting a friend who noticed signs of jaundice prompted her to ..read more
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Episode 276 - Fighting to Save Lives with Dr. Ezra Cohen, MD
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by Project Purple Podcast
2M ago
Meet Dr. Ezra Cohen, a medical oncologist and cancer researcher based in San Diego. He is organizing clinical and research studies on various cancers at Tempus. In this episode of the Project Purple Podcast, Ezra explains the scientific reasoning behind different cancers and tumors, and how they respond to treatment methods such as immunotherapy, radiation, and chemotherapy. Additionally, Ezra talks about his groundbreaking artificial intelligence work at Tempus, which aims to make clinical trials more accessible and easier to navigate for patients undergoing cancer treatment. He also discusse ..read more
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Episode 275 - Surviving Pancreatic Cancer with Dr. Helene Andrews-Polymenis
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by Project Purple Podcast
2M ago
Meet Dr. Helene Andrews-Polynemis, a scientist and tenured professor at Texas A&M University. Helene's journey in the medical and biology fields took an unexpected turn when she faced a personal battle with pancreatic cancer. In this episode, Helene shares her experience navigating diagnostic tests, revealing a tumor, followed by smaller tumors and abscesses on her pancreas and surrounding organs in late 2019. Amid aggressive chemotherapy cycles, Helene discusses the additional hurdles posed by the pandemic, including her husband waiting in the car during treatments. Tragically, her father ..read more
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Episode 274 - Surviving Pancreatic Cancer with Christina Grace
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by Project Purple Podcast
2M ago
Christina Grace, a resident of Central Florida, began experiencing discomfort in her midsection towards the end of 2020. Given the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, she initially hesitated to seek in-person medical care and instead opted for a virtual consultation. Despite following the advice given during her virtual doctor’s visit to take pain relievers, the discomfort persisted for several days. Ultimately, Christina decided it warranted a trip to the emergency room. At the hospital, a series of tests, including a CT scan, revealed a tumor on her pancreas. Subsequently, she was transferred ..read more
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Episode 273 - Fully Charged with Meaghan B. Murphy
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by Project Purple Podcast
2M ago
Meet Meaghan B. Murphy, a longtime magazine editor, author, and mother of three who lives in New Jersey. In this episode of the Project Purple Podcast, Meaghan talks about her book "Your Fully Charged Life." She explains how she was inspired to write it after watching her father battle pancreatic cancer. Meaghan also shares the many obstacles she has faced in her life and how she has turned her negative experiences into a positive self-help book. The same lessons she shared in her book helped her cope with the loss of her father and pull herself out of a dark time. Meaghan also shares some of ..read more
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Episode 272 - Surviving Pancreatic Cancer with Charlie Anderson-Read
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by Project Purple Podcast
3M ago
Meet Charlie, a 38-year-old from the U.K., who was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. This came as a huge shock to Charlie, as she had no health issues and was a lover of sports and all things exercise, even playing in a national league for hockey before becoming ill with pancreatic cancer. She shares her journey with pancreatic cancer by explaining the progression of her symptoms, which started with a loss of appetite and pains in her abdomen. She initially blamed these symptoms on stress but said she grew more concerned about her symptoms when the doctors began questioning her, askin ..read more
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Episode 271 - Surviving Pancreatic Cancer with Matthew Rosenblum
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by Project Purple Podcast
3M ago
Matthew Rosenblum is a social scientist originally from Kentucky who Michigan home. In this episode, Matthew courageously opens up about his extraordinary journey with pancreatic cancer, a battle that began at the young age of 32. Matthew discusses how he relocated to North Carolina amidst the pandemic to support a friend's business when he developed an unusual combination of symptoms. Little did he know that what initially seemed like a consequence of his lifestyle choices or a hangover would lead to a life-altering diagnosis. With a history of Crohn’s disease, Matthew was familiar with gastr ..read more
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