Bracelet created by: Jack Pattie
Jack is running for his brother in the 2014 Boston Marathon wearing his Uncle Buck Bracelet and raising funds for Project Purple. Jack describes his brother Jack as a pretty 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. He has one daughter and two grandchildren. The name “Uncle Buck” comes from the John Candy movie – he really was the crazy uncle. He also coached tennis and coached Concord Carlyle 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.
Jack wears his bracelet all the time, especially while he is running. It reminds him of his brother Jim and all the effect he had on so many lives. When asked if seeing people wearing the Uncle Buck bracelet while he runs the marathon would be helpful, he said “absolutely, especially coming down Heart Break Hill, that really took it out of me the last time I ran in 2010”.
Funds raised from the sale of this bracelet go to support Project Purple that supports families affected by Pancreatic Cancer. When families have to travel to fight this disease it can get quite expensive.