Jonathan Frakes

Jonathan Frakes


Raised: $27,468

Goal: $25,000

Welcome to My PurpleStride Personal Fundraising Page!

Played Commander William T. Riker on “Star Trek: The Next Generation”

My brother Daniel was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer over 20 years ago. His doctor gave him six to eight months to live, saying there was nothing that could be done for him. He died a week before my daughter was born.

The survival rate for pancreatic cancer was only 3% then, so to see that it’s now 11% is great. But, there’s still a long way to go.

This is where you come in. I hope you’ll join me and support the work of PanCAN.

PanCAN is bold and innovative, like “Star Trek.”

They started their own clinical trial because the traditional clinical trial system is too slow and, as I know from my brother’s experience, pancreatic cancer patients don’t have time to wait. They just announced an Early Detection Initiative that will hopefully lead the way to detecting pancreatic cancer when it is more treatable.

Daniel’s death was hard on our family. My dad never really recovered from it. But when I look at my dear friend and fellow “Star Trek” actor Kitty Swink I see hope – she’s a 18-year pancreatic cancer survivor!

Kitty’s survival really helped our family. She represents the possibility of life after pancreatic cancer – of HOPE.

That’s why I’m joining PurpleStride LA to help raise money for PanCAN.

I want people to know how fast and brutal and relentless pancreatic cancer can be, but I also want to change the perception - pancreatic cancer is NOT hopeless.

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  • $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

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.