Jessica Harrell

  • Grandma and PawPaw

    Grandma and PawPaw

Jessica Harrell


Raised: $1,118

Goal: $1,000

Waging Hope in Honor of My Grandparents

Ain't Love Grand?!  That's what my grandfather always used to say.  And he would know - he was married to my grandmother for 64 years!  They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a special blessing at my own wedding ceremony.  What a great example and inspiration they were to me!

Pancreatic cancer claimed my grandfather's life just 3 1/2 months after his diagnosis.  My grandmother was diagnosed with the same disease 4 years later and died about two months later.  The only comfort to all of us was knowing that she would be able to be with her beloved "Sonny" again. 

Pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rate of all major cancers, at a fiver-year survival rate of only 11%.  Diagnosis can be challenging, as symptoms don't often present until advanced cancer stages.  At this point, treatment options are limited and prognosis is grim.   But we can do better, and now I'm honoring my grandparents through my involvement in the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network to raise awareness of this disease and fundraising to support future research endeavors. 

During my time growing up with them, they played a major role in my life, supporting and encouraging me to become the woman I am today. I’ve stepped up to Wage Hope at PurpleStride, the walk to end pancreatic cancer in my grandparent's honor.

Every dollar that you give ensures that the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network can continue working to improve outcomes for pancreatic cancer patients and their families. This organization supports research and clinical initiatives, but also supports patient services and advocacy.  By donating today, you are supporting vital efforts to increase the five-year survival rate from 11% to 20% by 2030. 

Purple ribbons aren’t enough. Please join me in the fight today - please make a donation and/or join our team: Stride and Go Seek! 

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About PanCAN PurpleStride

Local action. Nationwide impact. This is PanCAN PurpleStride, the ultimate event to end pancreatic cancer.

On One Big Day, through 60 PurpleStride events taking place across the country, pancreatic cancer survivors, families, caregivers, researchers and supporters will join together and walk 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.