UA-118272889-1 1739406299646766 How pancreatic cancer combined with the basketball tournament for The Griffith Family Foundation - WE Have Cancer

Episode 164

Published on:

17th Nov 2020

How Pancreatic Cancer And The Basketball Tournament Combine, With Guest Jordan Griffith Of The Griffith Family Foundation

Joining Lee this week on the WE Have Cancer Podcast is Jordan Griffith of The Griffith Family Foundation. Jordan talks about his father’s pancreatic cancer and how that helped create the Griffith Family Foundation, Sideline Cancer, and a massive basketball tournament.

Jordan discusses the foundation and its impact, both on his family as well as what it’s doing to fight against pancreatic cancer. He also dives into some of the best moments of The Basketball Tournament and what that’s meant for the foundation and its ability to raise awareness and funds.

Guest biography:

Jordan Griffith’s father, Greg Griffith, was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. With the help of friends and the local community, The Griffith Family Foundation was formed, as well as creating Sideline Cancer. As an ambassador and board member, Jordan has helped see the foundation put in the spotlight on ESPN as a part of The Basketball Tournament.

Table of contents:

  • Introduction to Jordan Griffith
  • Jordan’s father and the start of the story

Instead of worrying about his prognosis after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, Jordan shares how his father instead wanted to know how he could help the doctor. Jordan also talks about how his father would feel seeing the changes in the community.

Jordan shares the story about how the foundation was created, how it evolved over time, and why it’s centered around basketball.

With the foundation based on basketball, it only made sense to create a basketball tournament. Jordan talks about how the tournament was created and quickly expanded to being on ESPN.

  • The foundation’s impact

Lee and Jordan talk about where the funds raised are going and the hopeful impact of the foundation in awareness of pancreatic cancer.

  • How has the family changed?

After Jordan’s father passed away, he says the family was able to bond over their shared experiences with the foundation and from working on it.

  • The long-term goals of the foundation

Jordan opens up about the changing dynamics of the foundation and some of the things he wants to see happen.

Links mentioned in the show:

The Griffith Family Foundation

Sideline Cancer

Sideline Cancer - Instagram

The Basketball Tournament

Marcus Keene’s shot in the tournament

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

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Each year more than 12 million people will hear the devastating words "you have cancer."

In each episode of WE Have Cancer we share the stories of patients, survivors, caregivers and medical professionals as a way to provide information, inspiration and hope to those touched by cancer.

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In 2011, just four months after they began dating, Lee was diagnosed with Stage 2 colon cancer. A year and a half later, 17 days after their honeymoon, they learned that Lee’s cancer had spread to his liver; he was now Stage 4. Through numerous surgeries, chemotherapy infusions and assorted other treatments, Linda has been by his side. Despite cancer, Lee and Linda say unequivocally these have been the best years of their lives.

In 2015 Lee launched this podcast as a way to provide information, inspiration and hope to those affected by cancer.

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