Purple ribbons don’t rewrite the future of pancreatic cancer. You do. Take your impact to the next level by tapping into these powerful fundraising tips.


Easy Ways to Raise $175

  • Ask 5 family members and friends to sponsor you for $30 each.

  • Ask 5 coworkers to contribute $20 and ask your employer to match their donations.

  • Invite 15 friends over for movie night and ask them each to contribute $10.

  • Post a Facebook appeal challenging 30 people to give up their coffee drink for a day and donate $5 to pancreatic cancer research instead.

More fundraising ideas

Still looking for ways to move the needle in the fight against pancreatic cancer? Try these ideas, or think of your own creative way to inspire action. When you Wage Hope, there’s no limit to your impact.

  • Ask your employer to donate casual dress or a half-day for employees who join your team or donate.

  • Host an event to benefit PurpleStride — find materials to help you get started here.

  • Host a garage sale and increase the amount you raise by asking for a $1 donation on every transaction. Get your entire team involved to make it more exciting.

  • Ask friends to make a donation in lieu of birthday or holiday gifts.

  • Sign up your family or team to sell concessions at a local sporting or community event to raise awareness and vital funds.

  • Host a fundraising event at your favorite local restaurant, and ask them to donate 20% of the sales for the night to your fundraising efforts.

  • Contact your old fraternity or sorority and see if they will sponsor or join your team.

  • Add a signature to your personal and work email accounts that links back to your personal fundraising page.

PurpleStride App

Download our fundraising app by searching for “PurpleStride” in the iTunes app store or Google Play Store, or use our app on Facebook.

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This app is a great way to inspire your network, and team, to take action in the fight against pancreatic cancer. It also features customized messages that make recruitment easy.

Sample Emails

Participants who send emails from My Strider Central or the PurpleStride App raise twice as much as those who don't. Double your impact by using emails to inspire action.

Subject: Help me re-write the future of pancreatic cancer

Pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rate of all major cancers, at just 9%. This deadly disease has stolen our best and our brightest, but it can’t take away our determination.

I’ve stepped up to Wage Hope at PurpleStride, the walk to end pancreatic cancer. I’m striding for [Insert who or why you’re passionate about the fight].

Your donation funds vital pancreatic cancer research and free services for patients and their families.

Purple ribbons aren’t enough. Please join me in the fight today.

[Insert your personal page link]

Thank you!

Send this email

Subject: Join me in the fight against pancreatic cancer!

A while ago I sent you an email telling you about my involvement with PurpleStride, the walk to end pancreatic cancer. Last year, this horrible disease surpassed breast cancer to become the third leading cause of cancer-related death in the U.S.

It's up to us to fight for the more than 53,000 Americans who will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year. That's why I’m participating in PurpleStride.

Will you join me by making a donation or coming out to participate on event day?

Purple ribbons aren’t enough. Please join me in the fight today.

[Insert your personal page link]

Thank you!

Send This Email

Subject: Your action speaks volumes. Thank you.

Thank you for joining me in the fight against pancreatic cancer. Your action moves mountains for the thousands of families affected by this disease each year.

Are you looking for more ways to get involved in this urgent cause? Read more about PurpleStride, explore volunteer opportunities with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, and track my progress toward meeting my fundraising goal.

Purple ribbons don’t rewrite the future of this disease. You do. Thank you.

Send This Email

Social Media Tips

Sample Posts

  • #WhyIStride: for [my mom, dad, brother, sister, friend…]. Please join my team at #PurpleStride [City Name] on [Date] at [location]. Help us fight #PancreaticCancer! Register now: [link to team page]

  • I am striding to fight #PancreaticCancer! Help me reach my goal of [$goal amount] by donating now: [link to personal fundraising page]

  • Join me in the fight against pancreatic cancer at #PurpleStride [City Name] on [Date] at [location]. Register today: www.purplestride.org

  • #PancreaticCancer has a 5-year survival rate of just 9 percent. I’m striding for those who can’t so we can end this disease. Take action with me today: [link to personal fundraising page]

  • A cup of coffee and a muffin can cost over $5! Give up your treats for today and donate $5 to help fight #PancreaticCancer. Help me reach my goal of [$goal amount] by donating now! [link to personal fundraising page]

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Want to use PurpleStride images for your profile picture or as the cover on your Facebook Timeline? Download PurpleStride images.

Facebook has also created useful “How To” pages.

Facebook Help

Sample Posts

  • #WhyIStride: for [my mom, dad, brother, sister, friend…]. Please join my team at @PanCAN #PurpleStride [City] Register now: [link to team page]

  • Join me in the fight against #PancreaticCancer at @PanCAN #PurpleStride [City]! Register at www.purplestride.org

  • A cup of coffee can cost almost $5! Instead, donate $5 today to help fight #PancreaticCancer! [link to fundraising page]

  • #PancreaticCancer has a 5-year survival rate of just 9%. I’m #striding for those who can’t. Join me in the fight: [link to personal fundraising page]

  • I am striding to fight #PancreaticCancer! Help me reach my goal by donating to @PanCAN #PurpleStride[City] now: [link to fundraising page]

Twitter FAQ

Sample Posts (don't forget to put a link to your fundraising page in your profile!)

  • [Photo of why you stride]
    #WhyIStride: for [my mom, dad, brother, sister, friend…]. Please join my team at @PanCAN #PurpleStride [City] Register now (link in profile)

  • [photo from PurpleStride]
    Join me in the fight against #PancreaticCancer at @PanCAN #PurpleStride [City]! Register now! (link in profile)

  • I am striding to fight #PancreaticCancer! Help me reach my goal by donating to @PanCAN #PurpleStride[City] now! (link in profile)

  • A cup of coffee can cost almost $5! Instead, donate $5 today to help fight #PancreaticCancer (link in profile)

  • #PancreaticCancer has a 5-year survival rate of just 9%. I’m #striding for those who can’t. Please take action with me today! (link in profile)

Instagram FAQ

How To

Did you know that Striders who personalize their fundraising pages raise three times as much as people who don’t? Follow these steps to give your fundraising page a personal touch—and increase your impact in the process.

  • Log into My Strider Central
    Use the username and password you created during registration.

  • Select your event
    If you’ve only registered for one event, there will only be one listed.

  • Click “Set up your Personal Page”
    You can find this under Next Steps. You can also access this by clicking “Edit Personal Page” in the right-hand sidebar.

  • Tell your story
    Simply add a title (we suggest something like “My Story”), and replace the current copy in the “Body” section with your personal story. This is the perfect place to share why you’re taking action in the fight against pancreatic cancer, and encourage others to do the same.

    Hint: Choose a font, style and color to reflect your personality. Click “Save” when you’re happy with your work.

  • Create your personalized URL
    Click “URL Settings.” Then, type in anything you’d like your name, for instance into the end of the URL. Also choose whether your page is public or private, and click “Save.”

  • Add a photo and/or video
    When you’re on the same screen where you told your story, select “Photos/Video” from the right-hand sidebar. Select “photo” or “video.”

    To add a photo: Click “Choose File,” find the photo on your computer, and select “Open.” If you’d like to include a caption, you can do so at this time. To post the image to your page, click “Save/Upload.”

    To add a video: Recorded and upload your video to YouTube. (It’s free and easy; watch the tutorial here.) Then, select “Video” on the Photos/Video page. Paste your YouTube video link into the designated field, and click “Save.”

  • Preview your new personalized page
    Go back to the “Content” page and click “Preview.”

  • Publish!
    When you’re happy with the way your page looks, click “Save” and share your personalized page with family and friends.

Participants who send emails through Strider Central or the PurpleStride App raise twice as much as those who don’t. Double your impact by following these simple steps. After you’ve logged into My Strider Central and selected your event, you’ll be taken to your home page. Once you’re there, do the following:

  • Select “Send an Email”
    It’s the third option under “Next Steps.” You can also click “Send an Email” in the right-hand sidebar.

  • Select your email template
    To make sending emails even easier, we’ve included pre-written templates that you can use for key actions like sending a “thank you,” recruiting team members, or asking for a donation. Simply select the template that works best for you and click “Next.”

  • Customize your message
    Enter a subject line and personalize the body copy as much or as little as you’d like. Save as a draft if you want to come back later, save as a template if you’ll use this message again, and preview your message before clicking “Next.”

    Hint: To populate the message with a contact’s first name, check the box for “Include personalized greeting.” If you choose this option, make sure you remove the generic greeting (“Dear family and friends”) from the beginning of the message.

  • Select your recipients
    Select the check box next to each person’s name to add them to your recipient list. To add contacts from your address book, follow this step-by-step. Once you’re happy with your recipient list, click “Next.”

  • Preview your email
    Take one last look at your message to make sure you’re happy with how it looks.

  • Send!
    Once you’re satisfied with your message, click “Send.”