When you Wage Hope at PurpleStride New Jersey 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!
The Opening Ceremonies highlight why it’s crucial to take action in this fight, from the words of a survivor or special guest.
Mack-Cali Business Campus, Parsippany
1 Campus Drive
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! We will most more details here as we get closer to the event.
Erin Willett brings her raw energy to New York City 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 performs the Anthem of Hope for PanCan, “Hope’s Alive”. The single can be found on all music streaming and downloading platforms and the first $1 Million raised from the sale of “Hope’s Alive” will go to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Erin is slated this year to perform “Hope’s Alive” at PurpleStrides all over the country. The funds raised during the 5K Run/Walk series will help to continue research, educate the public, and provide services that give current and future pancreatic cancer patients a chance for survival.
After a lifelong struggle with her weight and body image issues, Willett had the opportunity to compete in the fall of 2015 on 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. Following the show, Erin partnered with Planet Fitness and toured the the country; engaging in conversations about lifestyle change, leading fitness classes, and sharing her own weight loss journey. She maintains a healthy lifestyle with an affinity for spin and hot yoga classes. In addition,Erin is an avid runner and has completed five half-marathons.
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 an on-air personality. She has filled-in on morning shows such as WNEW’s The Karen & Jeffrey Show, WIAD’s The Tommy Show, and WCBS FM Scott Shannon in the Morning.
In 2018, Erin is will continue to release new music. Her new single “Try” with Brooklyn based producer, DULSAE, is out August 10th! You can catch her performing with her lively 7- piece band as well as her acoustics shows as The Erin Willett Trio around the NYC area.
For upcoming shows, merchandise, and content about Erin head to WWW.ERINWILLETT.COM.
PurpleStride New Jersey welcomes Dave Price as event emcee!
Dave Price serves as weather anchor for NBC 4 New York’s 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. newscasts.
Prior to joining NBC 4 New York, Price co-anchored Good Day New York at WNYW FOX5 where he and his colleagues helped steer the newscast through coverage which included the Sandy Hook tragedy, Empire State Building shootings and Sandy and its aftermath.
Before FOX5, Price was the weather anchor for CBS's The Early Show for eight years and covered major weather events for the CBS Evening News. In addition to forecasting and reporting on-site from natural disasters for both programs, he traveled throughout the country and around the globe bringing amazing feature stories to millions of viewers.
Price began his TV career in Erie, PA, as the morning weatherman at WSEE-TV. A year later he was named morning weather anchor at WBBM-TV, the CBS station in Chicago. Price joined Fox's Good Day Philadelphia as its co-host before moving to New York to do weather on Good Day New York at FOX Television's flagship station WNYW-TV. In 2003, he moved to WCBS and CBS News. He's won four Emmy awards and a Gracie award for his work on-air.
Price has had a first-person view of some of the most momentous events of our time. Price was in New York City, on-air, as the tragic events of September 11 unfolded and was one of the few reporters who spent the night enduring Hurricane Katrina inside the Superdome in New Orleans with the people he was covering. Price, in 2010 was in Haiti in the aftermath of the earthquake which ravaged that country and was dispatched to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico as those along the Southeastern shoreline came to grips with the environmental disaster. From the mountains in Afghanistan to the forward operating bases in Iraq -- Price has been on the ground, not just in a newsroom.
On more pleasant occasions, Price was the eyes and ears at the center of the action during Presidential inaugurations, sports championships and Thanksgiving Day parades. Price has flown with the Blue Angels over the Florida coastline, canoed down the Amazon in Ecuador, ridden Harley-Davidsons in the Australian Outback -- and done pretty much everything in-between everywhere in-between in every state in the nation and to over 85 countries.
Price has covered an incredible array of stories for someone who did not enter the broadcasting business until he was almost 30. Armed with a bachelor's degree in Industrial & Labor Relations from Cornell and a master's degree in Organizational Psychology from Columbia, he spent almost a decade as a human resources executive with Pepsi-Cola, Texaco and Taco Bell.
His job was to advise those companies on how to "run better." That was until the fall of 1995, when he started listening to his own advice. He shed over 80 pounds and turned his life in a new direction. He quit his job and pursued his passion.
In 2010, Price took on projects behind the camera; he wrote and produced "Reporting for Service with Bryan Anderson" for WTTW in Chicago. The documentary profiled the return of a triple-amputee Iraq war vet and his efforts to engage others in service to the community. Price was recognized with an Emmy for producing. Price volunteers with the Fairfield County Inner-City Foundation, an organization that fosters educational opportunity for at-risk youth in Connecticut and serves on the advisory board of the Africa Foundation. The Foundation funds sustainable programs in education, health care and economic development throughout Africa. Additionally Price has moderated United Nations General Assembly panels on entrepreneurship in developing nations and on international migration issues.
One of his most cherished volunteer efforts is his longstanding involvement entertaining U.S. troops serving overseas. For over a decade Price has traveled to Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Djibouti and military installations around the globe to do stand-up comedy for the troops during the holiday season. Price, a native New Yorker, is a certified scuba diver, licensed pilot and avid photographer. Price and his wife Jacqueline live in New York City with their son Eli, daughter Caroline and their adopted golden retriever Wally.
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