Donna McKinley

Donna McKinley

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Raised: $1,542

Goal: $1,000

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On April 25, 2016 I was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer and scheduled for a Whipple surgery on May 11, 2016. Six weeks later I had a CT scan due to a feeding tube complication. On my subsequent visit to my surgeon it was revealed to me that my cancer had metastasized to my liver. Now I would have to undergo a six-month chemotherapy regimen. This fight for my life was the hardest thing I have ever had to do. Every two weeks my blood test would show my CA 19 going down, which was great news. Unfortunately my platelets and white blood cells were going down too. Miraculously, my cancer was driven away before my body was to compromised to continue the chemo. On April 14, 2017, I had a PET scan which found no cancer. Today, while still having to contend with minor issues, I am living my life with a renewed perspective. I would have never been able to get through this ordeal without the grace of God, the love and support from my husband Bud, my children, my dog King, my home health nurses, and a loving circle of devoted friends. I am very happy to be healthy enough to participate in Purplestride.

In April of 2019, Bud and I met Cindy and Dan Nickum in the waiting room at OHC. Cindy had been diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer on December 16, 2018. She was embarking upon the difficult journey of chemo therapy and possible future surgery. She and I spend time together while she received her chemo treatments and became good friends. Unfortunately, the cancer metastasized to other parts of her body and her condition quickly worsened. My cherished friend passed away on August 15th. I will miss Cindy a great deal. I am walking in the Purplestride in her Honor.

The last two years have been challenging for many people. Dealing with Covid has been very difficult. Sadly my husband, Bud, died battling Covid on December 6, 2020. My dog Ruby and I were alone. She was my constant companion and my walking buddy. On October 28, 2021 she was diagnosed with bone cancer and passed away on December 29, 2021. So now I walk alone, or I borrow a neighbors dog for a walk. I'm getting ready to participate and I am very happy that we can actively participate in the Purplestride this year, and I hope to be able to walk in Purplestride for many years to come.

Pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rate of all major cancers, at just 9%. This deadly disease has stolen our best and our brightest, but it can't take away our determination.

I've stepped up to Wage Hope at PurpleStride, the walk to end pancreatic cancer. Will you help me rewrite the future of this disease by making a donation today?

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 rates.

Purple ribbons aren't enough. Please join me in the fight today.
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Donna's Achievements

  • Connected
    to Facebook to
    Fundraise

  • Made a
    Personal
    Donation

  • Updated
    My Fundraising
    Page

  • Reached
    Fundraising
    Goal

  • I'm a
    PurpleStride
    Alum

  • I've Received
    5+ Donations
    Toward my Goal

  • $100

    Raised $100
    for 1:1 support for
    4 patients

  • $270

    Raised $270 for
    27 educational
    packets

  • $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

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.