I Beat Pancreatic Cancer – Episode 290

Health, Hope & Inspiration

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Featuring: Christina Parrish

Published: November 27, 2021

Hope kept me alive.

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Show Notes:

Joining host Rev. Percy McCray in the studio is Christina Parrish, stage IV pancreatic cancer survivor, who was treated at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), Chicago in 2009.

Christina provides a patient’s perspective of how to remain resolute after being told twice that she had a less than four percent chance of surviving her cancer.

“The biggest thing I tell people every day, everywhere in the world: never give up hope,” she says. “That was something that I was determined not to do. I was 40 years old when I was diagnosed, and I refused to give in to what the time limits they gave me.”

With no evidence of disease for more than a decade, Christina runs her own foundation and raises funds to help meet the day-to-day needs of cancer patients.

Listen to this inspiring testimony of perseverance from a cancer patient who is very much alive, despite the odds she was given.


  • “[The original diagnosing doctor] told me I had a golf ball size mass in my pancreas and numerous spots on my liver. And that was the day that literally my life flashed before my eyes. I thought about everything I wanted to do in life. And it was a life-changing event, one that really made me realize that I’m not ready to go yet.”
  • “With my age and with everything that was going in technology, there’s always hope.”
  • “Hope is the biggest thing. You never lose hope … believing that you can do it are some of the most vital things that you can take to your journey through cancer.”

Learn More:

  • To contact Christina Parrish to support her Purple Iris Foundation, click image below: Purple Iris Foundation or locate on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn

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