Susan Okula

Susan Okula

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Raised: $5,096

Goal: $7,200

Four People. One Family. Enough is Enough


Pancreatic cancer has struck four times in the Okula-Bigelow family.

In 1978, my Mom, Helen.  In 1989, my Dad, Joe. In 2005, my husband, Doug. In 2012, my sister-in-law, Shirley.

It will always hurt to write those words, no matter how much  time has gone by.

A year after Doug passed, I felt I had to do something. So I began volunteering for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Over the past 15 years, I've lobbied Congress for more research dollars, organized a few PurpleStrides and raised awareness. Elaine and I formed Team Bigelow to run or walk in PurpleStrides, and you, my generous friends and family, have stepped up and given to support our team and honor the memory of our dear ones.

Treatment and research is advancing, but pancreatic cancer is still one of the deadliest cancers with only a 10 percent five-year survival rate. More than 60,000 people in the U.S. were handed this awful diagnosis in just the past year.

So here I am back again to ask for your support. PanCAN continues to get the highest ranking possible for charities that shepherd their donations well. In PanCAN's case, that means millions of dollars awarded in research grants and personal outreach and support to tens of thousands of pancreatic cancer patients.

My profound thanks for your continued giving. Your donations do make a difference!


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Susan's Achievements

  • Connected
    to Facebook to
    Fundraise

  • Made a
    Personal
    Donation

  • Updated
    My Fundraising
    Page

  • Reached
    Fundraising
    Goal

  • I'm a
    PurpleStride
    Alum

  • I've Received
    5+ Donations
    Toward my Goal

  • $100

    Raised $100
    for 1:1 support for
    3 patients

  • $270

    Raised $270 for
    10 educational
    packets

  • $480

    Raised $480 to
    support 6 research
    grantees for a day

  • $1,000GRANDCLUB

    Raised $1K
    to be in the
    Grand Club

About PanCAN's PurpleStride

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s (PanCAN) PurpleStride is a year-round national movement that funds life-changing programs and services to accelerate progress for pancreatic cancer patients.

On one powerful day through nearly 60 PurpleStride events nationwide, pancreatic cancer survivors, families, caregivers, researchers and supporters will join together to honor everyone affected by the disease.

PurpleStride is the number-one way PanCAN raises money to fight pancreatic cancer on all fronts — through research, clinical initiatives, patient services, advocacy and nationwide volunteer support. Learn more.