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We Demand Better In
Frank Alonso’s Memory

 
 

Coaching soccer was Frank’s passion and his life’s work. Frank coached in the Manhattan community for 20 years. He was the head coach for the Manhattan High School boys soccer team, and coached club soccer as well. Through this, he impacted the lives of thousands of players. He also enjoyed playing golf, cooking, was a passionate Liverpool FC and England supporter, and was a past National Collegiate Pool Champion. 

On September 28, 2018, Frank received the news that they suspected he had pancreatic cancer. On October 1, he was offically diagnosed with Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer.  Even though this was tough news we were going to fight it!  Unfortunately, 35 days after his diagnosis, Frank lost his battle with Pancreatic Cancer.  Today and everyday we vow to demand better for Frank all those who have lost their battle and all those who are still fighting. Our hope is that this race will help raise awareness for this deadly cancer and raise funds for the Johnson Cancer Research Center who recently became a Center of Excellence for Pancreatic Cancer research. Although K-State is not known for treating cancer, the work in their laboratories is the start to the treatments being used in cancer treatment centers. 

 

Symptoms of Pancreatic Cancer

  • Pain (usually in the abdomen or back)

  • Weight loss

  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and/or eyes) with or without itching

  • Loss of appetite

  • Nausea

  • Change in stool

  • Pancreatitis and recent-onset diabetes 

Who Is at High Risk for Pancreatic Cancer?

  • Long-standing diabetes

  • Chronic and hereditary pancreatitis

  • Smoking

  • Race (ethnicity): African-American or Ashkenazi Jew

  • Age: over age 60

  • Gender: males a little more likely

  • Diets high in red and processed meats

  • Obesity