Wage Hope

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Although pancreatic cancer remains one of the deadliest cancers with a survival rate around 9%, the iconic “Wage Hope” slogan is representative of the unrelenting faith Alison and other purple striders have for a better tomorrow.

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Jim Takacs

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Jim Takacs

When people ask Alison Takacs about her late husband, they often worry that she won’t want to talk about it.

“People often will preface their inquiries with ‘I hope you don’t mind me asking,’ or ‘I hate to bring up a difficult topic’ and I find that really interesting. My girls and I are very vocal, we always have been and we do a lot of advocacy,” Alison says. “We have to talk about it because that’s the problem with pancreatic cancer, why it’s so far behind every other cancer. It hasn't been talked about nearly enough for the past forty years; if it had been, maybe we’d be further along right now.”

“Jim only lived six and a half months after his diagnosis.”

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“Jim only lived six and a half months after his diagnosis.”

Jim Takacs was a very healthy and active 46-year-old, and nobody would have expected he might have a severe health problem. Between his high pain tolerance and high-stress job, it wasn’t until ten days after his 47th birthday in April 2008, which was also his daughter's eighth birthday, that months of persistent digestive problems & back pain were diagnosed. It was a worst-case scenario: Stage IV pancreatic cancer.

Jim only lived six and a half months after his diagnosis.

Within the year of Jim’s passing, the Takacs family - wife Alison and daughters Rosemary and Grace - found the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN). In this organization, the family found a way to engage in fundraising and advocacy that takes aggressive aim at this aggressive cancer.

And take aim they have. They spent years advocating for the Recalcitrant Cancer Research Act, which was eventually signed into law in January 2013, and have traveled to Washington many times to push for funding and frameworks for dealing with the deadliest cancers.

What's more, over the years, teams that the Takacses have captained have raised in excess of $132,000. Alison and the girls usually pull in about $10,000 of their own from year to year. They are currently raising money for the PurpleStride walk at Alison's Purple Stride Page.

“It’s a life’s mission for us, to try to keep this from happening to other families.”

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“It’s a life’s mission for us, to try to keep this from happening to other families.”

And according to Alison, funding is critical to survival rate. She often shows a bar graph that indicates the amount of federal funding different cancers receive from the National Cancer Institute (NCI). For example, $529 million is earmarked for breast cancer and it has a survival rate of 91%. On the other end of the spectrum, pancreatic cancer gets only $129 million, and currently has only a nine percent survival rate.

“Breast cancer is a perfect example of what can be done when research is properly funded,” Alison says.

Pancreatic cancer got some attention after the passing of Apple founder Steve Jobs and Carnegie Mellon professor Randy Pausch, whose book The Last Lecture about his terminal diagnosis became a New York Times Best Seller. But Alison and PanCAN still hope for more.

“It’s a life’s mission for us, to try to keep this from happening to other families.”

Although pancreatic cancer remains one of the deadliest cancers with a survival rate around 9%, the iconic “Wage Hope” slogan is representative of the unrelenting faith Alison and other purple striders have for a better tomorrow.

Profits are split evenly between Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and resilience gives. PanCAN is committed to increasing the survival rate of Pancreatic Cancer. Resilience gives reinvests proceeds to work with more patients.

Made in North Carolina from a blend of cotton and polyester, the Wage Hope socks are soft to the touch and meant to keep your feet cozy during the winter months with added breathability for springtime.

The Wage Hope sock is in production and will ship by 12/19/17.

Why are there some products IN PRODUCTION OR FUNDRAISING?

Because we are making custom socks on-demand for each patient and their network, we use a fundraising period to determine how many socks to produce before investing in inventory. This allows us to keep this a free service for patients.