Island Made Outfitters was born from the love between a father and daughter! My dad, Pat Campbell of Charleston, South Carolina was diagnosed with Stage 2 Pancreatic Cancer in March of 2021. As always, or at least in most cases, this diagnosis was unexpected and devastating to the entire Campbell family. The news was devastating and optimistic at the same time. The doctors believed they had caught the cancer early and that he would be a great candidate for a surgery to remove this tumor.
As with many cancers, it had a mind of its own and following a failed surgery to remove the tumor, my dad began is battle using chemotherapy as his weapon of choice. This treatment took its toll both emotionally and physically, with one of the major side effects being his reaction to sun exposure of any kind.
On a day when you’ve just got to find the rainbows in the storm, the conversation started about how could we turn this horrible diagnosis/battle into something positive. We began talking about how all of the islanders, including the kids that my dad helped raise on the island have returned to surround him with love, prayers, and assistance. He spoke about how he worries about other patients that don’t have the support that he does – and how they navigate the path to healing alone.