About

When you Wage Hope at PurpleStride Charlotte 2018 Presented by Carolina Digestive Health Associates, the walk to end pancreatic cancer, you join a vibrant community of survivors, impacted families, loved ones, researchers and advocates committed to rewriting the future of this deadly disease. Your fundraising and participation directly funds efforts to help patients and families. Come out and stride with us!

Event Day Schedule

Saturday, 09/15/2018

  • 7 a.m. Registration

  • 8 a.m. Opening Ceremonies

    The Opening Ceremonies highlight why it’s crucial to take action in this fight, from the words of a survivor or special guest.


  • 8:30 a.m. 5K Run/Walk Begins

Location Details


Romare Bearden Park
300 S Church St
Charlotte, NC
28202


Want to train on the route before the event? We'll post the route map here as we get closer to the event.

We'll post the parking info here as we get closer to the event.

We love animals just as much as you do! However, due to safety and liability reasons, pets are unfortunately not allowed at Pancreatic Cancer Action Network events. Service animals are, of course, welcome.

Strollers and wheelchairs are absolutely welcome at PurpleStride!

Registration Information

  • Participant Types
  • Pre-Event
  • Event Day
  • Participant Type:   Survivor
  • Pre-Event:   FREE
  • Event Day:   FREE
  • Participant Type:   Adult Timed
  • Pre-Event:   $30
  • Event Day:   $35
  • Participant Type:   Adult Untimed
  • Pre-Event:   $25
  • Event Day:   $30
  • Participant Type:   Youth Timed
  • Pre-Event:   $15
  • Event Day:   $20
  • Participant Type:   Youth Untimed
  • Pre-Event:   $10
  • Event Day:   $15
  • Participant Type:   Virtual Strider
  • Pre-Event:   FREE
  • Event Day:   N/A
  • Participant Type:   Volunteer
  • Pre-Event:   FREE
  • Event Day:   FREE


A few things to keep in mind:
  • Youth registration is for children ages 3-12. Children ages 2 and younger are not required to register.

  • Your registration fee will count toward your personal fundraising goal, and you’ll receive an email including your registration confirmation and tax information. Please note that registration fees are not tax-deductible.

  • If you want to register by mail, download this form.

Register by the dates listed below in order to secure these benefits.

  • Online Registration: Wed., September 12, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. EST
    Registration will still be available at packet pick-up and on event day.

  • Mail-In Registration: Fri., September 7, 2018
    Your mailed registration form must be received by this date in order to be processed for the event.

  • T-Shirt: Sun., August 26, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. PST
    Registration must be processed by this date in order to guarantee an event T-shirt.

Packet Pickup

Beat the lines on event day by picking up your T-shirt at packet pick-up. Registration prices increase on event day, so make sure to invite friends and family to register at this time if they haven’t already done so!

  • Omega Sports (Park Road Shopping Center)
    4201 Park Rd., Charlotte NC 928209
    11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, September 14.

Are you a Captain of a team with five or more members who’d like to pick up packets for your entire team? RSVP in advance so that you get your materials quicker at packet pick-up. If you decide to pick up for your entire team (please, no partial team pick-ups), make sure to let each member know so that there isn’t any confusion!

Special Guests

Steve Casey is a Director, Regional Director for Legg Mason serving the North Carolina region for both the National Broker/Dealer and Independent Advisor channels. He has been with Legg Mason or one of its predecessor firms since 2005, starting as an Internal Wholesaler and later filling the role of Sales Desk Manager and serving as a Sales Director for the Midwest Region.

Steve is a graduate of Loyola University in Baltimore, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance. He holds FINRA Series 7, 24 and 66 licenses.

Steve currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina with his wife Adina and their son Drew. In his spare time, Steve likes to spend time with his family and focus on his philanthropic work for the community as a Board Member of the Charlotte Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

Maureen O’Boyle is an anchor for the WBTV News team. A Charlotte native, she is heavily involved with many community events and particularly focused on the station’s growing partnership with Charlotte’s Pancreatic Cancer Action Network affiliate. “Pancreatic cancer is something that’s not talked about much,” she says. “It may touch a smaller percentage of the population, but the diagnosis can be devastating. I want to see a future where pancreatic cancer is obliterated.” Maureen sees education and fundraising as two areas that WBTV’s partnership can positively support PANCAN Charlotte, and she is committed to maximize those efforts. You can follow Maureen on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Honorary Co-chairs

Dr. Stephen Deal, a native of Charlotte, North Carolina has been a leading gastroenterologist with Carolina Digestive Health Associates for almost 26 years. On a daily basis, he diagnoses and treats digestive and GI track problems and is heavily involved with pancreatic cancer. Dr. Deal also has a passion for charity and change. He is striving to help make a difference. He thoroughly enjoys being connected with PanCAN, and is honored that Carolina Digestive Health Associates has the opportunity to be a sponsor, for the 3rd year in a row, and make an impact. Two years ago, he stood alongside Coach Ron and participated in the opening ceremony of the Purple Stride.

Dr. Kunal C. Kadakia MD, FACP was recruited to the Levine Cancer Institute in 2016 and serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine in the GI Medical Oncology and Supportive Oncology Departments. Dr. Kadakia is uniquely qualified as his clinical and research efforts focus on the overlap between GI oncology and supportive care, with a special focus in pancreatobiliary neoplasms.

After receiving his medical degree from Northeast Ohio Medical University, he completed his internal medicine residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He then went on to complete Fellowships in Palliative and Hospice Medicine and Hematology/Oncology at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and University of Michigan. Throughout his training, he has been mentored by luminaries in the field including Charles Loprinzi, MD, FASCO, Eduardo Bruera, MD, FAAHPM, and Daniel Hayes, MD, FASCO. His dedication to research and collaborative efforts led to 16 peer reviewed publications. His published work is important, reflecting his own innate skills and focus and the substantial training impact of his mentors, and covers the domains of supportive oncology, early phase and randomized clinical trials, and the physiological correlations of patient reported outcomes. He was subsequently selected for the ASCO/AACR Methods in Clinical Cancer Vail Workshop. While at the University of Michigan he established himself as an excellent leader and researcher and received multiple academic awards and was recognized as the University of Michigan Hematology/Oncology Fellow of the Year.

Event Contact Information

Still have questions or want to find out more? We’re here to help! Contact the appropriate individuals below.