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With a heavy heart, I update this page with the news of Toni’s passing on October 18th, 2021. Toni was an exceptionally strong and brave woman. She fought this battle to the end and kept her optimistic and comical personality in the process. For Toni Roberts, her world was forever changed when diagnosed with Metastatic (Stage 4) Pancreatic Cancer in March 2021. At 75 years old, this terrible disease had taken control of her pancreas and liver, but never her courage. Angry, driven and inspired, I wanted to be able to help my grandmother and many others affected by this cancer.
Pancreatic cancer is aggressive and has around a 10% 5-year relative survival rate. For those with stage 4 pancreatic cancer, the 5-year survival rate lessens to just 1%. Typically, this disease does not show symptoms until it has advanced and spread, so up to 80% of cases are unfortunately diagnosed in late stages.
Although I originally created this page to ask for donations in lieu of gifts for my birthday in May, I wanted to reactivate it and ask the same during these hard times. Every dollar will be donated to the Pancreatic Cancer Community Access and Treatment Research Fund. Through the OSUCCC - James, this fund supports "research related to early detection, surgery, treatment and survivorship of pancreatic cancer patients as well as community outreach and awareness." This fund is extremely beneficial for patients, families and increasing the survival rate of pancreatic cancer.
With your support and generosity, we can help fund pancreatic cancer research and support those currently battling it. Toni was a phenomenal woman, and I have been blessed to have her as my grandmother. I proudly hold this fundraiser in her honor and in memory of her.