My beautiful and passionate wife Dawn Hill, was living a full, healthy, and adventurous life! One she described as PERFECT!
In August 2015, she had just ran a nationally acclaimed 10K trail run, hiked the Sugarloaf Mountains, kayaked the Gunpowder River and taken a cruise to Bermuda & Bahamas. On that cruise, she began to have excruciating stomach pains and upon returning home, was quickly diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer (that had metastasized to her liver and stomach). She underwent intense clinical trial treatments at Johns Hopkins Hospital but devastatingly, she passed away on 12/20/2016, after her warrior-heart fought 16 month battle.
Dawn brought HOPE and INSPIRATION to many of her friends & family and even strangers who followed her story on Facebook through shared posts. Dawn was a TRUE WARRIOR who never gave up and ALWAYS remained hopeful and positive. I miss her desperately and cherish the amazing 17 years we shared together and the once in a lifetime love we shared that so many dream of!
Myself, along with friends and family, have established the Dawn Hill Fight Foundation inc., in my incredible wife's honor, to continue her fight while raising awareness and funds for patients in need of financial assistance that are battling Pancreatic Cancer!
No One Fights Alone! We Must Demand Better!
My mother suffered with stomach pain for quite some time before any doctor would take her seriously. Once a CT-Scan was finally done, she was told she had pancreatic cancer and six months to a year to live. Five weeks later she died. That was in 2001. In 2016 I was also diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. I underwent aggressive chemo and a year later I'm still here. I'm on a break right now but have no idea how long I have left. I had DNA testing done and do have the BRCA 2 gene. My daughter was tested and thank god she was negative.
My husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2016. He went through a 14 hr whipple surgery. We had hoped that he would beat it, only to have it spread to his other organs.
How fast he deteriorated down to nothing was the most painful thing.
To watch him go was hard. July 4th, 2016 was the day he died.
We need to get more help for this kind of cancer. I would like to get more involved if I could.