Francine Puma

  • In loving memory of our Mother, Jeanette Papa, pictured here with my sister and I in one of our last photos with her before her passing in 1999

    In loving memory of our Mother, Jeanette Papa, pictured here with my sister and I in one of our last photos with her before her passing in 1999

Francine Puma


Raised: $3,168

Goal: $2,000

Welcome to my PanCAN PurpleStride Personal Fundraising Page!

Hi, All,

I’m taking steps to end pancreatic cancer at PanCAN PurpleStride on Saturday, April 29, 2023 at The Arbors in Parsippany, NJ.

The Purple Hearts of Hoboken team was created in honor of my mother who died in 1999 - the same year PanCAN was founded when the survival rate was only a grim <4%. Today the survival rate has increased to 12% thanks in part to PanCAN working tirelessly to combat pancreatic cancer from all angles including research, patient services, advocacy and community. However, 12% is not acceptable - patients and families are continuing to suffer and don't have time to wait. There's still a lot more work to be done so all patients not only survive, but also thrive.

Here’s where YOU come in. I’ve set an ambitious fundraising goal of $2,000 – because the more money I raise, the bigger impact we make together – and would appreciate a gift of any size ($5 minimum).

Here's how YOU can help me reach goal:

(1.) JOIN as a team member and start to fundraise, leveraging your network, for our team. Anyone who registers and raises $50 will receive an official PanCAN PurpleStride 2023 T-shirt - that just so happens to match our team's name perfectly with a big heart on the front! 

(2.) DONATE to our team - make a single, impactful, and personal donation.

(3.) ATTEND a PurpleStride event in your area on April 29th and WALK to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer and PanCAN's tireless efforts to combat such a difficult-to-treat type of cancer. And, have FUN meeting other team members, patients, caregivers and survivors! I promise, you will leave this event feeling happy and full of hope

(4.) DO all or any combination of the above!

Thank you kindly for your support,


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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.