I'll try to keep this short but when we get to experience something so cool - I like to share it. Jeff's first cancer surgery was having 75% of his pancreas removed. Dr. Pillarasetty of Univ of Washington Medical did the srugery. It was supposed to be 2 hours and it ended up being 8 hours. I was a wreck, of course, and when Dr. P came out of surgery to talk to me; he was exhausted. In the wating room, there was a little kids table and chairs - he said "lets sit and talk". So, we sat at this 18" high table on tiny chairs with our knees up to our chests. I think he needed a little levity at that point. He told me that it was the hardest pancreas surgery he had ever done and that if he had known it would be been that complicated, he would not have started. But, he did. And, he kept with it and used all his skill and knowledge to do a fantastic job. He worked so hard so Jeff could live; it was the fist step in saving Jeff's life. It was huge. After seeing him on followup visits, we always said "thanks". We have thought about him often and seen some articles by him. He is a gem.
So, I'm doing a little research on where the money from previous swims have gone and I see this:
These projects have a potential to advance detection, diagnosis, and care of pancreatic cancer—the third leading cause of cancer-related death in the country. Noteworthy strides:
• Dr. Venu Pillarisetty, a surgical oncologist, is leading research of the complex interaction between immune cells and cancer cells, and studying how therapies can be improved for pancreatic cancer patients. $40,000 in early support from Swim Across America (in 2011), helped launch his work, which has allowed him to leverage an additional $1 million in funding today, with one published paper and another to be published soon.
Yep, Jeff's surgeon. I LOVE when connections like that happen and we are so happy to support and swim for SCCA!
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