To all of our supporters, welcome and thank you for celebrating PurpleStride Orange County's 10th Anniversary!
When you Wage Hope at PurpleStride Orange County 2018 , 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!
To see why PurpleStride Orange County 2018 is so important, check out the video below!
PurpleStride Orange County 2018 is celebrating its 10th year anniversary!
The Opening Ceremonies highlight why it’s crucial to take action in this fight, from the words of a survivor or special guest.
William Mason Regional Park - Shelter 5
18712 University Drive
Irvine , CA
Parking within park. Once the parking lot is full, overflow parking is located at:
University High School
4771 Campus Dr.
Irvine, CA, 92612
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!
RSVP for packet pickup is now closed. The location is as follows:
*Please note that parking will be $3 at packet pickup.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
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Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) nationwide network of people dedicated to fighting the world’s toughest cancer. Founded by a group of pancreatic cancer survivors and caregivers in 1999, the organization relentlessly pursues its mission by implementing an aggressive and comprehensive strategy of research, patient support, advocacy and awareness. The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is headquartered in Manhattan Beach, Calif., and also staffs a Washington, D.C and New York City office.
Julie Fleshman became the organization’s first full-time staff person and its first Executive Director in April 2000. Having lost her father to pancreatic cancer in 1999, she has made it her passion and commitment to change the course of the disease. In July 2004, the Board of Directors appointed Fleshman President and CEO. Under her leadership, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network has grown from a staff of one with revenues of $228,000 to a staff of over 140 with a budget of more than $38 million.
Today, Fleshman is a sought-after speaker with considerable experience addressing diverse stakeholder groups, including Congress, industry, patients, scientists, donors and volunteers. She has also been interviewed by national media such as The New York Times, CNN, Headline News and ABC News as well as local press throughout the country.
Fleshman has spearheaded the charge to ensure the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network achieves its goal to double pancreatic cancer survival by 2020. Her leadership has driven consistent excellence and innovation throughout the programs and services of the organization, including introducing precision medicine service Know Your Tumor® and Precision PromiseSM, the first large-scale adaptive clinical trial for pancreatic cancer. At the same time, she has steadily increased revenue growth and the organization’s impact. Under her direction, the organization has greatly expanded and attracted leading researchers from prestigious institutions around the country to study pancreatic cancer.
During Fleshman’s tenure, advocacy and grassroots efforts have expanded to over 60 affiliates nationwide and yielded a $130 million increase in federal funding for pancreatic cancer research. The organization has awarded 159 pancreatic cancer research grants totaling over $40 million to researchers at institutions around the country. And more than 165,000 pancreatic cancer patients and their families nationwide have been served by the organization’s patient services program.
Fleshman holds her JD and MBA degrees from Santa Clara University and a BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She also studied abroad at Oxford University and in Tokyo, Japan. Fleshman has been honored for her leadership and dedication in the fight against pancreatic cancer by many organizations. She serves on the boards of several cancer care and research committees and organizations, recently completing her term as a patient advocate on the National Cancer Institute’s Pancreas Task Force, and she has been published in multiple research journals. Most recently, she was asked to join the FasterCures Patients Count Leadership Council and to serve on the NCI Council of Research Advocates to provide advice to the NCI Director with respect to promoting research outcomes that are in the best interest of cancer patients. In addition, Fleshman is the Chair of the World Pancreatic Cancer Coalition, a coalition of more than 60 pancreatic cancer organizations representing 27 countries around the globe.
Erin Willett brings her raw energy to Orange County by way of Gaithersburg, Maryland. With the musical influence of her father, a member of the 1960’s band The Newports, Erin has music in her blood. Growing up in the 90s, pop records constantly rotated in her walkman. Every Sunday her outlet for music was church choir, were she became enamored with gospel singers and soul performers. This vocal ability combined with fascination from the performances of her brother’s punk bands, produced a powerful performance style that is all her own.
During season 2, Erin became a semi-finalist on NBC’s hit show The Voice. Known for her powerhouse vocals and infectious spirit, she became one of the final two contestants on Blake Shelton’s team. Following the show, she released her self-titled debut EP which is available on iTunes. Erin has also opened for notable acts including Twenty One Pilots, Adam Lambert,and Third Eye Blind.
She continues to give back as an Influencer of Hope for The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network; an organization fighting the disease that took her fathers life in 2011. Along with songwriters Liz Russo and Tova Litvin, she helped co-write and performed the soon to be released Anthem of Hope for PanCan.
As a fan and supporter of local music Erin created #BurgerJam at Umami Burger Williamsburg in 2015. She hosted and coordinated a weekly live music night aimed to be a creative outlet for singers and songwriters in the New York area.
In the fall of 2015 Willett would go on to compete in Season 17 of NBC’s The Biggest Loser. During the airing of the show Yahoo.com exclusively premiered her single “Out of the Darkness” chronicling her struggle with depression and self discovery. At the Live Finale Erin lost an astonishing 87 Pounds and the following day Billboard.com exclusively premiered the music video for the single.
Erin brings her eccentric, jubilant attitude to the radio waves and can be heard on a number of Entercom stations throughout the east coast as a on-air personailty. She currently fills-in on morning shows such as WIAD’s The Tommy Show, WNEW’s The Karen & Jeffrey Show, and WCBS FM Scott Shannon in the Morning.
She continues to give back as an Influencer of Hope for The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network; an organization fighting the disease that took her father’s life in 2011. Along with songwriters Liz Russo and Tova Litvin, she helped co-write and performs "Hope's Alive", the Anthem of Hope for PanCan. All sales of the song benefit Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. More than a dozen survivors and caregivers joined her at the recording studio to be part of the chorus and are featured in the music video. Please consider purchasing the song for only $0.99. All proceeds up to $1 million will go directly to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. “Hope’s Alive” is available for download on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Music, Google Play and Tidal.
Erin continues to release new music. Her new single “Try” is available now on all streaming and music downloading platforms. She will also be touring "Hope's Alive" at PurpleStride's across the country.
For upcoming shows, merchandise, and content about Erin head to WWW.ERINWILLETT.COM.
Host & Producer, Saigon Broadcasting Television Network
Thuy Phan is the host and producer of "Phantastic Feast" at the Saigon Broadcasting Television Network, the first and largest Vietnamese-American tv network in North America. Thuy graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Telecommunications. She has previously worked with Nguoi Viet Daily News, Tanaka Video Productions (with such credits as "Cooleyville", "XBytes", and "Popcorn Zen"), WUFT TV, and Gainesville local radio station AM 850. In the last 5 years, Thuy has maintained her admirable journalistic career at leading Vietnamese American TV station Saigon Broadcasting Television Network (SBTN), producing award winning program, "IN FOCUS". During her time there, she has received several awards for her contributions to the community, including the "OC Autism Community Awareness Award" (2012) and the "New America Media Award" (2009, 2nd place local and national) for her work with bone marrow donation. Thuy is also a USC Annenberg Health Reporting Fellow and Kauffman Foundation Grantee."
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