Jack Pattie is running for Project Purple in the 2014 Boston Marathon. He has created a unique bracelet through KonecIDY called “Uncle Buck” that he is wearing to help raise funds for this great cause. This unique bracelet is in memory of his brother Jim Pattie who passed away last February from Pancreatic Cancer.
The name “Uncle Buck” comes from the John Candy movie and in real life Jim really was the crazy uncle! Jim was a really cool guy. He graduated from UMass and went to teaching English to 1st through 6th grades at the Concord Public schools his whole career (34 years). He would spend most of his nights correcting papers, he really put his heart and sole into teaching. As a tennis coach he lead Concord Carlisle to 6 State Championships.
Jim was given 2 years when he was diagnosed with this disease. This turned out to be pretty accurate. Jack said at the beginning it didn’t even seem like Jim had cancer. The treatments went well and he felt OK. At the end it was pretty devastating and the whole family felt lost. Jack’s main regret is that they didn’t spend more time at the beginning.
Running for Project Purple only makes sense. They are one of the few Non-Profits that raise money and support the families of Pancreatic Cancer. Pancreatic Cancer is the 4th largest killer of all cancer killers and the least funded of the top 10 cancers. It is also the only cancer in the top 10 killer with a single digit survival rate after 5 years.
Wearing the bracelet reminds Jack of his brother and why he’s running for Project Purple. He’d like to see people supporting this great cause and inspiring him along the long marathon road.