About

When you Wage Hope at PurpleStride Philadelphia 2017, 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, 11/04/2017

  • 6:00 a.m. Registration

  • 7:15 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.


  • 8:00 a.m. 5K Run/Walk Begins

Location Details


Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park
43 S Concourse St. (Near the Please Touch Museum)
Philadelphia, PA
19131


Want to train on the route before the event? View the route map*.
*Route pending venue approval.

Street parking is highly recommended; however, available street parking is limited.
There will be shuttles available to take participants to the venue, though space on the shuttles will be limited.

ADA parking will be available near the event village before 6 a.m. It is limited and on a first come, first served basis. Shuttles will be available for pick up at the corner of Belmont Ave and South Concourse for your convenience.

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:   $35
  • Event Day:   $40
  • Participant Type:   Adult Untimed
  • Pre-Event:   $30
  • Event Day:   $35
  • 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


Click here (PDF) to download the event registration form.

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.

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

  • Online Registration: Tues., October 31, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. EST
    Registration will still be available at packet pick-up and on event day.

  • Mail-In Registration: Fri., October 27, 2017
    Your mailed registration form must be received by this date in order to be processed for the event.

  • T-Shirt: Sun., October 8, 2017 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!


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

We are pleased to have David Murphy return as emcee for PurpleStride Philadelphia!

David Murphy is the weekday meteorologist for Action News Mornings (4:30am-7am) and Action News at Noon. David has earned Seals of Approval from both the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association, and also holds a Certificate in Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University, following four years of study in the atmospheric sciences and geosciences.

David came to WPVI-TV in 1990, as a general assignment reporter. Prior to joining Action News, David was a reporter with WJZ-TV, Baltimore, Maryland, WMAR-TV, Baltimore, Maryland, WNEP-TV Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Pennsylvania, and with WFMZ-TV in Allentown, Pennsylvania. David was honored with several United Press International Awards for reporting while in Allentown, Pennsylvania. David is also a graduate of Temple University, Philadelphia, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications.

In 1984, he was the first Temple University student to win a national scholarship from the Radio-Television News Directors Association.

As a weather reporter, David has covered hurricanes in North Carolina and Louisiana, as well as a major tornado outbreak in Oklahoma, and has produced Action News feature reports on numerous aspects of local Delaware Valley weather. Memorable news assignments include the Oklahoma City Federal Building bombing and the attacks against the World Trade Center in 1993 and 2001.

David and his wife, Barbara, have 3 children and reside in suburban Philadelphia. He enjoys traveling with his family. David is involved with several local charities including annual fundraising efforts for the Parkinson Council and the Delaware County Regional Cancer Center. David is also a long-time Phillies fan and can often be spotted with his children and friends at the ballpark.

Patricia "Trish" Gambino received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Trish has been an oncology nurse for the past 30 years, the last 15 years dedicated to gastrointestional malignancies, with a subspecialty in pancreatic cancer. She has been involved with the Oncology Nursing Society of Philadelphia, having held numerous leadership positions within that organization. Trish's goal, as a pancreatic nurse navigator, is to facilitate and coordinate all disciplines involved in patient care to ensure that the patient’s experience at Penn is optimal. She was recently given the inaugural Gratitude Award by the For Pete’s Sake Cancer Respite Foundation- an organization that provides respites for cancer patients and their families- for her involvement with this organization for the past 17 years.

Dr. Elda Grabocka received her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Washington College, and her PhD in Molecular Pharmacology and Structural Biology from Thomas Jefferson University. In 2007, Dr. Elda Grabocka joined Dr. Dafna Bar-Sagi’s lab at NYU Langone Medical Center, New York as a postdoctoral fellow. There she began to study how stress-adaptation mechanisms influence tumor progression. She uncovered that pancreatic tumors regulate the formation of stress-resistance hubs called stress granules, that enable cancer cells to cope with stress and resist therapy. She also discovered a new mechanism by which the mutated KRAS gene controls the DNA damage response to cope with genotoxic stress. In 2016, she moved back to Thomas Jefferson University as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Cancer Biology at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center. Her laboratory is focused on understanding how stress granules contribute to the establishment of a stress and drug resistant pancreatic tumor microenvironment, and identifying molecular targets that are candidates for therapeutic intervention.

Joshua E. Meyer, MD is a radiation oncologist at Fox Chase Cancer Center focusing primarily on the treatment of gastrointestinal malignancies. He has developed a particular focus in pancreatic cancer, striving to use radiation therapy in personalized and novel ways in order to improve disease control and quality of life. He is also an accomplished clinical researcher, having presented and published numerous papers on an array of topics related to the multidisciplinary care of pancreatic cancer. A belief in the complementary value of surgery, radiation therapy, and systemic therapy has anchored the clinical trials he has led in pancreatic cancer. He has specific expertise in brachytherapy, stereotactic body radiotherapy and image-guided radiation therapy, in addition to conventional and intensity-modulated radiotherapy.

Dr. Rene Rothstein Rubin was Chief of Oncology from 1995 to 1996 at the Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Rubin relocated to the Graduate Medical Center and was Director of Oncology from 1997 to 2007. Dr. Rubin also served as Director of the Breast Evaluation Center at the MCP/Women’s Center simultaneously.

Dr. Rene Rubin is currently Medical Director of Multidisciplinary Cancer Programs and Co-Director of Hahnemann Cancer Center and serves as a Clinical Associate Professor Medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine. She is also Director of Oncology at the Mercy Health System beginning in 2008 to present.

With over twenty years of experience as a Hematology Oncology physician, Dr. Rubin specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and research of metastatic and advanced cases of breast cancer, along with most forms of solid tumor malignancies, and cancer risk reductions and blood diseases.

Dr. Rubin is Board-Certified in Medical Oncology, and Internal Medicine. She is a member of a number of professional and scientific societies and is an active participant in several community organizations. She does community wok for the Komen Foundation and has a strong commitment to indigent care. She also is a member of many professional societies, the FACP, FCCP, ASCO, ASH, AMA, and PMS.

Along with all of her other academic positions Dr. Rubin is a principle investigator in many clinical trials investigating new therapy for cancer treatment. Dr. Rubin serves on many Scientific Boards and is the Principle Investigator on multiple research protocols.

With all of the professional and community involvement she has raised 7 children, two of whom are physicians and several others to follow in her footsteps. She has also found time to enjoy her personal interests in hiking, mountain climbing and jogging.

Event Contact Information

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