My name is Howard Young. I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at the age of 42. I have since battled (successfully!) stage 4 pancreatic cancer on three occasions over the past 14 years. One of the best unanticipated positive experiences of my cancer journey has been meeting Maria and her wonderful family. They have made me feel like a member of their family. I guess we are all connected by this terrible disease. The really great news is that Maria has chosen to fight back against this disease through her organization named Purple Pansies. Purple Pansies has raised money that has funded clinical trials at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) that have saved my life. Rarely can you support an organization like Purple Pansies where you know that they are actually empowering the doctors at TGen to save the lives. Thank God for Maria and her friends at Purple Pansies!