Claire Caraska

Claire Caraska


Raised: $295

Goal: $5,000

Welcome to My Personal Page

Since 2016, I have been raising money in support of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) by participating in PurpleStride San Diego.  

I walk in honor and memory of my dad, David Caraska, who passed away from pancreatic cancer at age 62 on Feb. 7, 2015, just one year, eight months and seven days from his diagnosis. Our team name, Steely Dave, is in honor of my dad's love of the band Steely Dan and an homage to his fantasy football team name of the same name. I miss him dearly, and want to do all that I can to help support research efforts for early detection and treatment so that others do not have to suffer what he went through, and other families don't have to experience the devastating loss that my family and I have.

I also walk in honor of my friend Michelle Butler's dad, David Butler, a three-and-a-half-year and counting survivor of pancreatic cancer, thanks to the expert resources and support that PanCAN provides.

Pancreatic cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S., and the cancer with the lowest survival rate (five-year survival rate is 10%).

It is estimated that more than 57,000 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the U.S. this year, and approximately 72% of patients will die in the first year of diagnosis. You can help change these statistics.

By making a tax-deductible donation to our team, you are supporting scientific research, government advocacy, patient services and community awareness. 

Thank you so much for helping us to Wage Hope for the thousands of individuals affected by pancreatic cancer.


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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.

At nearly 60 PurpleStride events in communities nationwide, pancreatic cancer survivors, families, caregivers, researchers and supporters passionate about changing the future of pancreatic cancer come together to celebrate and 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.