Elena Marinelli

Elena Marinelli


Raised: $607

Goal: $2,000

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May of 2017 dad was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. His diagnosis came after months of not feeling like himself and a series of tests. After his diagnosis our family jumped into aggressively fighting this horrible disease. After over two years of chemotherapy we learned in April of 2019 that we were out of chemo options. Dad, being the fighter that he was, immediately turned his sights to clinical trial drugs and began to look at options. After discussing with his doctors and our family we decided to begin focusing only on dad's comfort and allowing him to enjoy his time with us. We focused on laughing and joking together rather than driving back and forth to Boston for infusions. We focused on embracing children and grandchildren. Dad was told he had "weeks" on May 9th. In typical Jim fashion he pushed past that diagnosis and fought for 2 months. Dad was a warrior. For 26 months dad endured countless chemotherapy treatments, dozens of scans, and lots of symptoms and side effects. He never complained. He was thankful and grateful for everything and everyone in his life. 

Dad passed away on June 30th, 2019 just after 11:30pm. He was comfortable at home surrounded by his loved ones. Up until the last day he was talking with us, laughing with us, giving baby Shea kisses and even yelling at us when we got too rowdy watching Live PD. We are so thankful for the outpouring of love we have received in the past 2 years. It does not go unnoticed how loved big Jim still is. We hope that everyone continues sharing memories of him. We also hope that people continue to spread awareness about pancreatic cancer and the warning signs. We, as a family, strive to raise money through PANCAN in hopes that one day a breakthrough will be made and we can tackle pancreatic cancer. 

Anyone that knows our family knows that we can never sit still and we’re always working. We’ve put our determination and love for our big Jim into the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. This will be our third year walking in the PurpleStride walk to raise money for pancreatic cancer awareness and research. Over the past two years our team Tito’s>Chemos was able to raise over 70,000 dollars and we were the number 1 team in the entire walk consecutively.  We’ve said it a million times and we can’t say it enough - we are so thankful for everyone’s support and prayers. But we are not done!!

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. By donating today, you are supporting vital efforts to double pancreatic cancer survival by 2020. 

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  • I've Received
    5+ Donations
    Toward my Goal

  • $100

    Raised $100
    for 1:1 support for
    3 patients

  • $270

    Raised $270 for
    10 educational

  • $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.