Gregory W. Griffith was born in York, PA on July 3, 1961 to Donald and Ann Griffith. Greg had a wonderful childhood and had two sisters, Jean and Barb. Greg developed a love for the game of basketball growing up and went on to play in high school and college. Greg married his high school sweartheart, Cathy Betar, and they had two sons, Jordan and Jamie. Professionally, Greg worked in the financial industry, working with L.R. Webber Associates and later with Penn State University.
On February 5, 2010, Greg was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer and given only six weeks to live. Greg humbly asked God for help, and he got it! He went on the live 19 miraculous months. Throughout this period, Greg made a tremendous difference in many people’s lives. His courage in the face of death and faith in God caused many to ponder their own mortality and whether they were spiritually ready if tomorrow happened to be their last day. Greg continues to be an inspiration to us all.
This video features highlights from Greg’s speeches at the 2010 and 2011 Griff’s Run and Gun Dinners. Greg’s passion, courage, and dedication, which he brought to all of life, show through in this video. The Griffith Family Foundation is dedicated to continuing to fight the fight against pancreatic cancer and to keeping Greg’s vision alive!read more
This is a message we all need to hear at different times in our lives! I was feeling a little down this morning (feeling sorry for myself) when I turned to a book a friend gave me. The book was written by Dodie Osteen and entitled “Healed of Cancer.” Cath has mentioned this book on carepages in the past but it is the first time I picked it up and read it. It is a very spiritual book about faith but one of the things that impressed me was Dodie’s lunch bucket approach to life. I came away from the book not feeling sorry for...read more
It’s our desire that this website be a place for all those affected by pancreatic cancer to have their questions answered and receive support from those who’ve gone through similar situations. We believe, with this goal in mind, that this site is the first of its kind. We hope that the Griffith’s experience, as told by Cathy Griffith, will be the beginning of fulfilling that mission. On Saturday, January 30th, Greg played two hours of basketball. He was the high scorer in the game and felt great throughout. At four...read more
Greg Griffith went home to be with the Lord on August 26,2011. He had survived 19 months with stage 4 pancreatic and liver cancer.read more
The full article, Greg Griffith Remembered for Ability to Lead and Connect, can be found at the Altoona Mirror. By Walt Frank (email@example.com) , The Altoona Mirror Greg Griffith fought a spirited battle and never let a dreaded disease get him down. Griffith, 50, of Hollidaysburg died Friday after a 19-month battle with pancreatic cancer. “Greg Griffith never considered himself a victim. You never heard from his lips, ‘why me?’ He was never a victim, he was a victor, that cancer never took away his spirit,”...read more
The following article was published in the Altoona Mirror on August 28, 2011: “Greg Griffith fought a spirited battle and never let a dreaded disease get him down. Griffith, 50, of Hollidaysburg died Friday after a 19-month battle with pancreatic cancer. See obituary on Page A9. “Greg Griffith never considered himself a victim. You never heard from his lips, ‘why me?’ He was never a victim, he was a victor, that cancer never took away his spirit,” longtime friend Dave Cadle of Williamsburg said. “He fought every obstacle...read more
“Griff’s Run & Gun – A Noble Cause Tourney Tries to Shoot Down Pancreatic Cancer” by Jon Fleck – Altoona Mirror Article
The following article was published in the Altoona Mirror on July 31, 2011: HOLLIDAYSBURG Griff’s Run & Gun for a Cure 3-on-3 basketball tournament is about so much more than basketball. It’s about a community coming together to support one its own and raise money to fight the devastating disease Greg Griffith has been fighting for the past year-and-a-half. Griffith has always loved playing basketball, so, not long after the Hollidaysburg man was diagnosed with stage-4 pancreatic cancer in February 2010, a basketball tournament was...read more
The following article was published in the Altoona Mirror on August 14, 2010: Greg Griffith said he was trying his best to stay emotionally detached, but that it was impossible not to be overwhelmed when such a huge group of people are supporting you in a difficult time. “You know, of the 470 people that have come here tonight, I’d consider a really high percentage of them to be close friends,” Griffith said of the larger-than-expected turnout for a benefit fundraiser dinner for pancreatic cancer research, a disease for which he is...read more
The following article was published in the Altoona Mirror on July 31, 2011: A benefit dinner and 3-on-3 basketball tournament will be held to raise money for the battle against pancreatic cancer in honor of Hollidaysburg’s Greg Griffith. The dinner will be held Aug. 13 at The Casino at Lakemont Park, and the 3-on-3 tournament will take place at 9 a.m. Aug. 14 at the Hollidaysburg Area YMCA. The weekend activities are being called “Griff’s Run & Gun For a Cure.” Brent Ottaway, one of the weekend organizers, said the goals of...read more