Team Tools & Resources

PanCAN PurpleStride is the #1 way PanCAN raises money to fight pancreatic cancer and we can’t do it without the leadership of team captains like you!

You're the force behind PurpleStride, so we've created these tools and resources to help you and your team reach (and exceed) your goals. If you or anyone on your team are looking for more general fundraising tips, make sure to check out our Fundraising Tools & Resources page.


Get your team started on the right foot with proven best practices for successful fundraising. If you’re looking for steps for how to create your PurpleStride team, please visit our FAQ.

  • Personalize your team page. Your story tells people why you stride and why you started your team. Team captains who personalize their page raise 3X more than those who don't!
  • Ask your friends, coworkers, and family to join your team. The more the merrier — and you'll raise more money to support lifechanging programs and services for pancreatic cancer patients, too!
  • Use and share our fundraising tools. As the team captain, you should encourage the whole team to fundraise and lead by example!
  • Coach and inspire your team! Encourage all team members to share their "why" — it inspires each other and leads to more fundraising success.


  • Encourage your team to show their purple spirit! Wear purple wigs, glasses, scarves etc.
  • Remind team members to mail in or make any online donations to hit their personal goal or achieve Grand Club status! On average, teams with Grand Club members fundraise 10x more than teams without a Grand Club member.
  • No matter where team members are, make sure everyone is snapping pictures of themselves decked out in purple! Share on social media using #PurpleStride.
  • Check to see if your team has qualified for special fundraising benefits. Check our Fundraising Incentives for full details.



To get started, download our Team Captain Guide and follow the simple steps inside to get started.


  • Make sure to thank your team members and your donors for their support. You can give shout-outs anytime.
  • Tag people on social media with a thank you message: Thanks, @JaneDoe, for your generous donation to my #PurpleStride team!
  • Send personalized messages or letters using our sample templates as a guide. You can also thank your donors using the PurpleStride App.


Participants who send fundraising emails raise twice as much as those who don't! You can send emails easily from your participant center, My Strider Central. Just log in and click the Email tab to use one of the email templates — or copy and paste from the templates below — to recruit, thank and coach team members. Make it personal by sharing for whom or why you're participating in PurpleStride.

Don't limit yourself to these messages — turn every email into an opportunity! Log in to My Strider Central, click the GO SOCIAL tab, then the Email Widget link for instructions on how to add our email badge to your personal and work email accounts. Your badge will update recipients about your fundraising progress and inspire them to donate.


Subject: There's Room on My PurpleStride Team for You!

Dear [Name],

I started a team for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network's (PanCAN) PurpleStride, and I would love for you to be part of it. You can sign up and participate from wherever you are.

PurpleStride is the ultimate event to end pancreatic cancer. I would love for you to join the movement with me to change the lives of pancreatic cancer patients. I know that your participation and fundraising will make all the difference.

PurpleStride is the #1 way PanCAN raises funds to fight this disease and every dollar we raise together counts toward improving outcomes for pancreatic cancer patients.

Thank you for your support, either by joining my team or donating toward my fundraising goal.

With gratitude,

[Your Name]


Subject Line: Thanks for being on [Team Name]

Hi [New Team Member],

Thank you for joining my PanCAN PurpleStride team! I'm asking everyone on my team to set a minimum fundraising goal of $200 to help pancreatic cancer patients and their families. That might sound like a lot, but I've got some tips and tricks to help you get there on PanCAN's Fundraising Tools & Resources page!

Please invite others to join our team, too!

Thank you!

[Your Name]


Subject Line: Challenge: Accepted

Hi [Team Name],

I can't thank you all enough for your purple passion! We are only [number of days] days away from PanCAN PurpleStride, have you picked out your purple sparkle spirt outfit yet for event day?

[Team Name] Update: [number of participants] and $[amount raised]! We are still [percentage away from goal] away from our goal of $[goal amount], so we can't stop now! Try out some of the sample text messages and Facebook posts available on the PurpleStride app to make fundraising quick and easy!

Today's Challenge: Send out an email to at least 5 people inviting them to participate in PurpleStride. The first person to forward me all their sent email and emails will win a $5 gift card to [Smoothie/Coffee Shop]!

Best of luck!

Your captain,

[Your Name]


Thank you again for joining the national PurpleStride movement. Please note these important benefits and deadlines so your team doesn’t miss out on any of the fun!