Bucks County organization A Love For Life raises awareness in fight against pancreatic cancer research

NEWTOWN, Pa. (WPVI) – A Bucks County woman whose family has been twice affected by pancreatic cancer has now made it her mission to raise awareness and fundraise for research into the disease.

Christine Edmonds started the Newtown-based organization, A love for life, almost ten years ago after losing her sister-in-law, Nora, and her husband, Kevin, to pancreatic cancer.

“Nora was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2007. The life expectancy if you have a stage 4 diagnosis is around 180 days,” Edmonds said. “She lived 18 months, which is a great success, but it was still very hard for us.”

“Six months after his death, my husband had severe stomach pain and back pain, so we found out on Christmas Eve 2010 that it was pancreatic cancer,” she added.

Edmonds said they were both diagnosed at the age of 49 and died at 51.

“Which is so young, you know. Too young,” Edmonds said.

Soon after, several neighbors took part in a dragon boat race and the team was named “A Love For Life” in Kevin’s honor. This is where it all began.

“And it just got bigger and bigger. I started doing wine tastings, we had Oktoberfests. Every dollar we raise goes to Penn to fund pancreatic cancer research,” Edmonds said.

Love for life partners with the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania and 100% of proceeds go to cancer research in Philadelphia.

“Our mission statement celebrates life, friendship and adventure,” said Edmonds.

Edmonds said they care a lot about fundraising, but they also care a lot about awareness.

Over the past decade, they’ve raised almost a million dollars.

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