pan-mass challenge; Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

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Bill Alfano

In March 2005, Loie Williams of Newton, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, a disease in which less than 20 percent of patients survive. As a wife and mother, her first thoughts were to remain strong for her friends and her family. She didn’t know the future path that her illness would take, but she told her husband and then thirteen-year-old son that she wasn’t going anywhere.