Kathryn Swink

Kathryn Swink


Raised: $15,756

Goal: $25,000

Welcome to My PurpleStride Personal Fundraising Page!

Played Minister Rozahn and Luaran on "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine"  

As an 18-year survivor of pancreatic cancer, I am reminded every day of how lucky I am. I had symptoms. I just didn’t know what they were for. Lower back pain, chronic heartburn and unexplained weight loss. Most people don’t get these early warning signs. And those who do are either like me and don’t equate them with anything as serious as pancreatic cancer, or they are diagnosed too late to be operable. Me? I saw my doctor on a Friday and the next Monday I was in the hospital. 17 days later I left the hospital having had a Whipple Procedure and three weeks after that I started chemo.

After the initial shock of my diagnosis wore off, I woke to the fact that I had a lot left to do and I was going to fight like hell to stay alive.  I was lucky enough to be fit, have great insurance, an even better medical team, I was surrounded by my family and friends and mostly I have the world’s greatest husband.

Last year my husband Armin and I, along with our friend Jonathan Frakes, joined forces with PanCAN for PurpleStride LA.

This year we are excited to be back raising money, raising awareness and raising hope. So many people since have reached out to me to let me know my story gave them hope that they could survive. Or that that their mom or brother could survive. Or that they had lost a friend, but my story made them feel better.

By the way, everyone who did that gave me hope right back. 

After PurpleStride last year I continued to work with PanCAN. Because of PanCAN, I’m able to help people. Patients, their family members and friends. But more importantly, PanCAN is changing the trajectory of this disease.  

So this year we are participating in PanCAN Purple Stride Los Angeles 2022 with our team, Team Trek Against Pancreatic Cancer, so that I can, and we together can, help PanCAN change the survival rate for pancreatic cancer. 

No group is more inclusive, more generous or more committed to science and the future than Trek fans.

Let’s join hands again at PanCAN PurpleStride to create the future we want. 

We can change the course of pancreatic cancer. Let’s do it.

Live long and prosper.  


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  • I've Received
    5+ Donations
    Toward my Goal

  • $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

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.