When you Wage Hope at PurpleStride Charlotte 2017 Presented by Carolina Digestive Health Associates, P.A., 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!
The Opening Ceremonies highlight why it’s crucial to take action in this fight, from the words of a survivor or special guest.
First Ward Park
301 E 7th St, Charlotte
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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!
Register by the dates listed below in order to secure these benefits.
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!
Coach LaMonte Odums grew up around television. Born and raised in Detroit, LaMonte knew that television was the place he would eventually make his mark. His mother worked for WXYZ, an ABC affiliate, where on the weekends she would bring LaMonte to the station.
Every weekend was the same routine: arrive at the station and run to the studio where he would sit in the anchor chair of the legendary Bill Bonds, speaking into the camera, believing in his heart he was making an impact. He admits today that no one was listening but that didn’t stop him from talking.
It was at this time that his passion for television was birthed. Every day after school, LaMonte would transform his living room into a makeshift television set. He would then proceed to host his own show entitled “30 Minutes." Each day during his “show” he would faithfully interview three stuffed animals: a teacher, a janitor, and a race car driver. Though this was make-believe, the growing passion inside of him for television was real.
In his teenage years, his family moved to Connecticut where he would become more active in the television industry. Whether working behind the scenes at a local television station WHCT or being featured on-camera in various roles, including a former host of “Black Perspective,” a weekly show produced and aired on WVIT (NBC Connecticut), LaMonte always kept the focus of changing lives on the forefront of his mind. As a Certified Master Life Strategist he has worked with individuals from all walks of life, helping them to make lasting and transformative change.
Upon arriving in Charlotte in 2012, Coach began making his mark on local television with WBTV in 2013, where he was a regular featured guest on Saturday mornings.
Coach is excited at the opportunity to grow with WBTV and to further his dream of one day pursuing his own talk show. LaMonte is married to his wife Stacia, father of six children, and grandfather of four. He loves to read, eat, spend time with family, and make people smile.
Hometown: Kristen's childhood pictures often show her bundled up in a snowsuit, towered over by a three foot pile of snow in Oswego, NY. From there her family would move to equally snowy Buffalo, but it is called the City of Good Neighbors for a reason.
Education: A proud graduate of the State University of New York, College at Fredonia, Kristen studied Video Production with a minor in Spanish and graduated with honors.
Career: Before working at WBTV, Kristen was an anchor/reporter in both Rochester, NY and Binghamton, NY. She first stepped into a newsroom while still in high school, though, and knew this was the career for her. At WBTV Kristen anchors Breaking News from the Alert Center weekday mornings and you can catch her every Saturday Morning, too. She can't count how many times the popular "product testing" segment has lead to unexpected and hilarious results. Kristen also covers the consumer beat at WBTV and she has interviewed well known figures such as First Lady Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, CBS News Anchor Charlie Rose, country music superstar Dolly Parton and country singer/North Carolina native Scotty McCreery, just to name a few...
Honors: Kristen has been recognized by the North Carolina Associated Press and the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas for her consumer reporting. Prior to coming to WBTV she was also honored by the New York State Associated Press and the Syracuse Press Club for her coverage of breaking news. In 2005 she was chosen for a Rotary International Group Study Exchange to Sweden where she studied television news, radio news, and newspapers production. Kristen has been honored to sit on several boards of directors.
Family: Kristen and her husband live in South Carolina with their ferocious dogs Stella and Oliver.
Favorite Food: Just one favorite? Impossible! Trying a new restaurant is one of Kristen's favorite things to do. Someday she'd like to go to pastry school and open her own bakery.
Hobbies: Kristen loves to travel and can't wait to go to Italy to try to track down her family tree. She's also pretty addicted to pop culture, may or may not binge watch shows when she can, takes boxing lessons, and can easily get lost in a good book.
Hometown: Boone, NC
Family: Chris and his wife Meliss (that is the correct spelling) Garramone live in Charlotte. Chris' father and brothers still live in Boone.
Education: Parkway Elementary School, Deep Gap NC; Watauga High School, Boone NC; Appalachian State University and Mississippi State University
Career: Chris' first on-air job was right here at WBTV. He anchored overnight cut-ins on Friday and Saturday nights during his final semester at Appalachian. Chris then spent 8 years in Charleston, SC as anchor/reporter and meteorologist before heading to the left coast. Chris spent the next three years working for Heavenly Mountain Resort in Lake Tahoe (California and Nevada). He hosted the Emmy Award-winning “Another Heavenly Morning” and worked as a marketing manager for Vail Resorts. Chris then had a ten-year tenure as chief meteorologist for KOLO-TV in Reno, NV before moving back to Boone to be closer to his father.
Honors: A member of both the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association. Chris hold the AMS Seal of Approval and was awarded the seal in 2005. Chris has also been a part of Emmy-winning team efforts in both Reno and Charleston. He was awarded best weather segment by the RTNDAC while in Reno. (Radio & Television News Directors)
Hobbies: Skiing! Powder Days! Blue Bird Days! Any day on skis and cooking breakfast for the gang in Tahoe.
Favorite Sports Teams: Appalachian State Mountaineers and the Denver Broncos (Meliss is from Denver) and any and all college basketball games.
Favorite Food: Yes! Loves to cook… makes mean biscuits and gravy.
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