Joanne and Jeff Sparkes, along with family and friends, established the Kingston Kruze after their mom’s pancreatic cancer diagnosis in 2017. While being treated for pancreatic cancer, Margie Sparkes wanted to establish an event for this rare and aggressive cancer to ensure that others in her situation felt supported, and knew that work was being done to change current outcomes.
Margie's diagnosis in 2017 came as a complete surprise, despite routine screening from a previous unrelated primary cancer diagnosis. She was the picture of health. Both she and her husband were outdoor enthusiasts who lived and breathed healthy lifestyles. However, like many other Canadians, the signs and symptoms were misdiagnosed for several months.
Upon diagnosis, the family read and researched everything that they could about current best practices in pancreatic cancer treatment and care. They did not accept the “go home and get your affairs in order” suggestion. The result? They found an oncologist who understood this disease and believed that patients could live with pancreatic cancer. Margie enjoyed her life with her family and friends for another 12 months.
After her passing in 2018, Joanne and Jeff decided to continue this event, not only to honour their mom's life, but to raise money to support research initiatives that focus on early screening and detection methods and the development of more treatment options.
Help them reach this year’s goal of $10,000.