Welcome to My PurpleStride Personal Fundraising Page!
Dear Family and friends,
For the last ten years, Michael and I have been fundraising for Purple Stride in memory of my birth mother, Mama Betty, whose life was cut short by pancreatic cancer. When I reconnected with my birth family 11 years ago, it was too late to meet and thank her in person, so I decided that the best way to thank Mama Betty for the gift of my life was to help fight the awful disease that took hers at the way too young age of 58, less than a year after diagnosis.
Mama Betty was not the only member of my family to die of pancreatic cancer – it also claimed the lives of my Uncle Jon and my great grandfather Benjamin. And in the ten years we have been fundraising to combat pancreatic cancer, we have learned of so many friends and relatives whose lives have been touched by this deadly illness – through the death of parents, grandparents, siblings, spouses and dear friends. Pancreatic cancer, which runs in families, is one of the most lethal, and even though the survival rate has increased from 5% to 10% over the last ten years, the disease still claims 90% of its victims within 5 years, and most within one. It is also very hard to detect, as symptoms are often vague until the cancer has reached too advanced a stage for surgery. But the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCan) is working tirelessly to change these statistics through advocacy, research and awareness campaigns. Every June, PanCan gathers in Washington DC (even virtually during the pandemic!) to advocate for increased government support. They also fund researchers who are searching for cutting edge treatments, and sponsor a PALS program for pancreatic cancer patients to offer support and to discuss treatment options and clinical trials. Your donation to Purple Stride will help further PanCan’s mission to know, fight and end pancreatic cancer.
Last year, even in the midst of the pandemic, Michael and I are proud to have raised $6129 for Purple Stride. This year, as in 2020, there have been no in-person events because of COVID. Beginning in 2022, PanCan is redesigning its format, combining all walks into a Nationwide Spring Purple Stride walk, which, unfortunately, will take place on a Saturday, precluding our participation because of Shabbat. Because of this, we have decided to continue with our usual summer/fall campaign, culminating in a family purple hike in early November. This will allow us to honor Mama Betty and Uncle Jon’s Fall yahrtzeits, will help kick off Pancreatic Cancer Awareness month, and will give PanCan the gift of the early use of our donors’ funds in 2021, a year in which fundraising has been tight (Extra bonus – a 2021 tax deduction!). At the same time, the credit for your donations will be applied to next Spring’s Purple Stride, helping our team and the Boston contingent reach their fundraising goals. Our goal is to raise at least as much as last year, and hopefully edge closer to our 2019 total of $7248. We hope you are able to help us in our continuing support of the important work of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Please click on the button below to donate, and thanks so much for any amount you can give!
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Craig and Asher's brother
Estee and Roz's father
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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.
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.