Due to increasing concerns regarding the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), as well as guidance from the CDC and New York public health department, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the in-person PurpleStride NYC event scheduled for Saturday, April 25th. This decision was made out of an abundance of caution and caring, and in partnership with volunteer leadership at both the local and national levels.

PurpleStride is an incredible community celebration and centerpiece for the PanCAN family. However, as an organization focused on supporting pancreatic cancer patients and their extended community the health and safety of this vulnerable population, as well as that of our supporters, volunteers and staff must be our top priority.

Although PurpleStride NYC will not physically take place this year, pancreatic cancer continues to affect thousands of patients and families every day, and we encourage your support today more than ever. Our mission to improve outcomes for pancreatic cancer patients does not slow down or stop.

All participants, including virtual striders, who raise $25 or more in donations (including registration fees) will receive a PurpleStride T-shirt. Your T-shirt will not be mailed to you and we will not be hosting packet pick-up — BUT you will receive one for this year’s event. We will have more information about how to obtain your T-shirt in the near future.

Thank you so much for your incredible fundraising efforts. We encourage you to continue. Your registration fee will be turned into a donation to PanCAN unless you request a refund. If so, contact customer service for further details at events@pancan.org.

We will have further information for you in the coming days on how you can continue to participate with us as a virtual strider this year. Please stay tuned. Thank you for your understanding and support during these unusual circumstances.

Event Day Schedule

Saturday, 04/25/2020

  • 8 a.m. Registration

  • 9:15 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.

  • 10 a.m. 2-Mile Walk Begins

Location Details

Seaport District NYC
89 South St
New York, NY

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

Pier 17 is located at 89 South St NY, NY 10038. There are many parking garages available within walking distance of the Seaport. We recommend that you use an app like SpotHero or ParkWhiz to reserve your parking spot today.

Public Transportation:

  • By PATH Train:
    Walk southeast down Fulton Street toward the water. Follow Fulton Street all the way to the Seaport District

  • By Subway:
    Take the 2,3,4,5, A, C, J, Z to Fulton Street and walk southeast toward the Seaport/Pier 17.
    Take E to World Trade Center and walk east toward the Seaport/Pier 17.

  • By Bike:
    The Seaport is a bicycle friendly destination. The Seaport Citi Bike Station is located on Front Street and Peck Slip. More info on Citi Bike can be found here.

  • By Bus:
    Directions from M15, QM11, QM25, X15: Get off at Water Street and John Street. Walk toward the water on John Street until you get to the Seaport District.

    Directions from X8, X14, QM7, QM8, BM1, BM2, BM3, BM4: Get off at Water Street and Maiden Lane. Walk toward the water on Maiden Lane until you get to the Seaport District.

  • By Ferry:
    - Pier 16 – NY Water Taxi
    - Pier 11 – NY Waterway
    - Pier 15 – Hornblower Cruises

    Take the ferry to Pier 11/Wall Street. Walk north along the water until you get to the Pier 17.

  • By Taxi/Rideshare:
    Please use “89 South St, New York, NY 10038” as your destination.

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

Packet Pickup

We will post more information here once confirmed.

Special Guests

Christina Helena is a speaker, performer and writer based in New York City. She is redefining and modernizing the stigma behind trauma and pain with one simple thought: Your scar is the sexiest thing about you. At nineteen years old, she became a Pancreatic Cancer survivor and four months later she graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts from Marymount Manhattan College.

Christina trained at LAMDA, The London Academy of Music & Drama, where she earned a Master’s in Classical Performance. A couple years later, she studied philosophy and theology at the University of Philosophical Research earning a Master’s degree in Consciousness Studies.

Her two Master’s degrees birthed SCAR, an autobiographical solo show currently in development for an off-Broadway production, to be directed by the award-winning director Larry Moss. SCAR is about redemption, against all odds she trusted her intuition. It saved her life. Thirty-eight characters. One woman. One stage. Given six months to live Christina asked herself: “What do you want more, your potential or to run away from the pain?”

Her talk, My Scar is Sexy about self-love and identity received 4.7 million views and most recently, she spoke about mortality at the TEDxSouthLakeTahoe event. As a highly sought-after speaker on personal development and identity, she is helping others re-shape their mindset so they can become so cemented into their truth that no one can knock them over. Her empowerment blog, My SCAR is Sexy is a bi-weekly reminder that we are human.

Erin Willett is a singer/songwriter and TV/Radio personality originally from Gaithersburg, MD. She first was introduced to America as a contestant on NBC’s “The Voice” where she became a semi-finalist on Team Blake. While on the hit show, Erin lost her father Chuck to stage 4 pancreatic cancer. In 2012, she began working with Pancreatic Cancer Action Network as an Influencer of Hope and in 2018 released the single “Hope’s Alive” which benefits the organization. Erin also shared her emotional journey during her time as a contestant on Season 17 of NBC’s The Biggest Loser.

She has worked on New York’s top radio stations, NEW 102.7 and 101.1 WCBS FM as an on air personality and currently lives in Atlantic Highlands, NJ where she owns and operated Julio’s Pizza Co. with her partner Brendan Smith. They welcomed their first child in January, naming her Charlie after Erin’s late father.

Event Contact Information

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