7Everyday Hero Meg Phillips helping fund pancreatic cancer research through annual walk at Sloan's Lake.
DENVER - It is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in this country, yet awareness and research about pancreatic cancer is lagging other cancers.
7Everyday Hero Meg Phillips is trying to change that.
She is not a doctor nor a researcher, but she has a personal story and mission aimed at helping those who battle pancreatic cancer.
Phillips founded the Denver Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk in 2007, not long after she lost her husband, Rich, to the disease.
The one day walk is a year round effort to raise money for research so others might survive pancreatic cancer.
"We start usually in February," said Phillips.
Before Rich Phillips succumbed to the disease, Meg says she was like most of us, she had heard of the pancreatic cancer but had no idea 44,000 Americans are diagnosed with it every year.
Right now there are no early detection methods, no adequate treatments and unless detected in its earliest stages, there is no cure.
The Denver Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk that takes place around scenic Sloan's Lake is a way to change that.
It is also meant to honor Rich Phillips and his courageous fight, and to help those battling pancreatic cancer.
"When I realized there were so many people out there being diagnosed with it, I felt it was a passion I wanted to pursue," said Phillips.
"It allows us to channel our grief in a very positive way," said Kim Bodhi, Meg and Rich Phillips' daughter.
The beauty of the walk is its efficiency.
"100% of everything we collect goes directly to research. We have raised almost $380,000 in six years, for research," said Phillips.
Impressive for a family channeling their grief into an effort to help others.
"I think he'd be very proud of what we're doing," said Bodhi.
"The day of the walk is very rewarding, I have so many people coming up thanking us for doing this, thanking us for bringing it to light," said Phillips.
The Denver Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk is Sunday, November 3rd at 10:30AM. To learn more go to www.Lustgartenfoundation.Org