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Sisters Share Their Dad's Story for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness

Updated: Monday, November 4 2013, 10:23 AM EST
CINCINNATI (WKRC) -- November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month and two sisters in Fort Thomas have an important message about how to keep fighting against this disease. Medical reporter Liz Bonis shares their story in today's Medical Edge.

When you sit and watch the video with Sydney and Hannah Groneck,  it's hard to not to see and feel the love they share for their dad, Rick.

Three months ago he died of pancreatic cancer. He survived more than two years however following diagnosis,"initially you here those words, and you are so scared, and pancreatic cancer, everyone thinks it's a death sentence but that's not how it was with my dad, it was kind of just another chance to live even more, I guess."

The girls say  he taught them to keep fighting. The slogan stuck "we turned it into our family saying."

Now the girls are sharing their dad's story to honor the memory those in their family lost to this disease, "his two brothers and his sister in law."

More than a thousand people attended their dads layout and funeral, "just to see that many people how he's touched their lives, it makes me feel like I need to do the same thing, not about his story, but about pancreatic cancer in general."

Part of the reason they are sharing their story however is that this is a cancer that doesn't get a whole lot of attention we don't really know what causes it and we need more research for it , so we stopped out to talk to specialists, to find out just what kind of a difference it would make, as more of us know more about this cancer. "It's hard to know, there's so many things we eat and drink and breathe, cigarette smoking has been associated with pancreas cancer, but there's a lot of research going on trying to find out more specifically what causes are. "

Doctor Bill Barrett of the Barrett Cancer Center says "the problem is with pancreas cancer is that typically there aren't any symptoms until the disease has spread beyond the pancreas and it's incurable, so there's a ton of research going on right now, trying to find earlier ways to diagnose and treat the disease."

In the meantime for Sydney and Hannah, here's what they want you to know "it's good to talk about it because, everybody hears about breast cancer, but pancreatic cancer doesn't come up until you know someone who's diagnosed with it. I don't want people to feel like cancer is a death sentence, I want them to feel like it's a chance to fight, just like he did."

They say they'll keep fighting and celebrating, not how their dad died, but how he lived.
 Sisters Share Their Dad's Story for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness


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