My husband, Paul Ludwig, age 57, died December 22, 2016 after a 4 month battle with pancreatic cancer. Paul had an extensive physical every year and had a glowing bill of health, yet his pancreatic cancer was not detected until it had spread aggressively to his liver. Paul was told that his cancer could have been growing for as long as ten years. As soon as Paul was diagnosed, he eagerly started a clinical trial at the University of Colorado Cancer Center and responded very positively for the first two months.
Paul was my devoted husband, father to our son Kristopher, friend to many and adventurer extraordinaire. His enthusiastic love of life was contagious to all who met him.
Paul was a career professional in the energy industry and through the years worked for Conoco, Suncor, Linc Energy, and Carter Energy/World Fuel Services. He was a member of numerous industry organizations and was a dedicated volunteer for many groups, most notably Special Olympics Colorado and was inducted into their Hall of Fame. He earned several honors and awards, including the Martin Luther King Jr. Business Social Responsibility Award and the Urban League of Metropolitan Denver Chairman's Award.
Paul was a strong athlete who loved physical challenges. Over his life he climbed 28 of Colorado’s 14er's and rode Ride the Rockies, Triple Bypass and the Courage Classic multiple times. Paul went sky-diving in Hawaii while our son Kris videotaped the jump. Paul and I ran 6 marathons, hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and travelled the world.
Paul touched so many people with his magnetic personality, passion and love of life. He was kind, compassionate and was the consummate host. Paul loved a good party, and our house was often THE gathering place for the neighborhood, a holiday party, or just a small BBQ. Paul had an iron will that rarely failed him - he overcame many a challenge through sheer determination. His positive attitude and strong will to fight cancer continued until the day of his death.
The first Pedaling for Paul, an annual pancreatic cancer research fundraising bicycle ride, is planned for the spring/summer of 2017. Information can be found at www.pedalingforpaul.wordpress.com
- Stephanie Ludwig
To make a donation to WINGS OF HOPE FOR PANCREATIC CANCER RESEARCH in Paul's memory, click the donate button:
In November a CELEBRATION OF LIFE AND HOPE was held in Stoneham, Massachusetts in remembrance of members of the Bowker Family. For pictures and more information go to EVENTS.
WINGS OF HOPE thanks the fantastic folks in Wichita for making our recent event there such a memorable success in raising awareness and funding for pancreatic cancer research. For more about the event and pictures go to EVENTS.
ARTURO GARCIA, local author, artist and pancreatic cancer survivor, brings his art to life in the most interactive form - a coloring book for adults and kids! $10.00
JACK ANDRAKA, speaker at WINGS OF HOPE 2016 event and teenage cancer researcher, describes his incredible journey to discovering the first early diagnostic test for pancreatic cancer! $15.00
To order each or both books go to EVENTS
For information and pictures go to EVENTS page.
Thank you to all the participants, sponsors, volunteers and Washington Park Chiropractic for making this another incredibly successful and enjoyable event - all to raise awareness and funding for the pancreatic cancer research at the University of Colorado Cancer Center.
WINGS OF HOPE participates in the inaugural World Pancreatic Cancer Coalition symposium held in Orlando, Florida in conjunction with the American Association of Cancer Research conference. Read more at NEWS.
WINGS OF HOPE presents $100,000.00 to University of Colorado Cancer Center for pancreatic cancer research. Read more at NEWS
WINGS OF HOPE for PANCREATIC CANCER RESEARCH was formed in February 2012 by Maureen A. Shul after losing her mother and brother within months of one another to pancreatic cancer. The non-profit foundation is dedicated to raising awareness and funding for the ongoing research, clinical trials and treatment of pancreatic cancer patients at the Pancreatic Cancer Research Program at the University of Colorado Cancer Center.
Pancreatic cancer is currently the third leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Of the most commonly diagnosed cancers, pancreatic cancer is the only one with a five-year relative survival rate in the single digits, at just 6 percent. This survival rate has not changed in the last 40 years.
By 2020 it is anticipated pancreatic cancer will rise from the third to the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. (based on projected changes in U.S. population demographics and incidence of death rates).
With no early detection tools, effective treatments or adequate funding for research, the rapidly rising threat of pancreatic cancer urgently demands an increase in awareness and research funding.
Founded out of grief, driven by purpose and in pursuit of making a difference, WINGS OF HOPE for PANCREATIC CANCER RESEARCH is dedicated to
- Accelerating the research
- Providing the most advanced treatments
- Finding the cure
JOIN THE EFFORT…BE A PART OF THE POSSIBLE, BE THE HOPE.