Helen Dillen

  • She is the reason I WAGE HOPE against this disease!

    She is the reason I WAGE HOPE against this disease!

Helen Dillen


Raised: $4,435

Goal: $4,030

Welcome to PanCAN for Nan!

12 years. Later this year, it will have been 12 years since I lost my Nan to pancreatic cancer. 12 years since I realized my passion for waging hope against this horrible disease. In those 12 years, it has been incredible to see the progress researchers have made, to see survivors surpassing the abysmal 5 year survival rates. I'm proud to contribute to that progress with my PurpleStride fundraising efforts year over year.

I lost my Nan to this awful disease in 2009, so this cause is near and dear to my heart. The day we heard Nan's diagnosis can be categorized as one of the worst days of my life. The moment I heard her diagnosis, my first thought was 'This is a death sentence.' It is one of my biggest dreams to see this change. My hope is for people facing this disease to instead think, 'I CAN FIGHT THIS AND WIN!'

Please make a donation today and help me to reach my fundraising goal!

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Helen's Achievements

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  • I've Received
    5+ Donations
    Toward my Goal

  • $100

    Raised $100
    for 1:1 support for
    4 patients

  • $270

    Raised $270 for
    27 educational

  • $480

    Raised $480 to
    support 1 research
    grantee for 3 weeks

  • $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.