Katie Torrence

Katie Torrence


Raised: $677

Goal: $1,970

Take A Walk on the Wild Stride!!

*Update: You become a survivor the day that you get diagnosed, for me that day is August 11th.  As with any special day I struggled with how best to acknowledge this MAJOR accomplishment.  So, this time around, I changed my narrative and instead of looking BACK, I decided that I am only going to look FORWARD.  Just like at New Year’s, (page one of 365… 365 New Days 365 New Chances), but this time I am keeping my resolutions.   

So, on August 11th 2023, instead of saying that I am a “3 YEAR CANCER SURVIVOR”, I said “TODAY, I’M STARTING MY 4th YEAR OF LIVING!!!     

    (I also had ice cream for dinner but that is another story )

Please support not only me, but also all of the PanCAN striders on April 27th 2024,  as we participate in the PanCAN PurpleStride honoring all those affected by this horrible disease. 

If you are local, consider this your “draft” notice and sign up to be on our team (Take a Walk on the Wild Stride!). If you aren’t local, please consider participating where you live.  It doesn’t take much to make a difference.  

Thank you in advance for helping me make that difference.

Katherine The Great Shieldmaiden (Katie)

My picture is from a trip to Iceland right before the pandemic in 2020.  I had a Viking photo shoot because I thought it was awesome and I teased my mom that the pictures could be used if I ever went missing.  I never imagined that I would soon be channeling my inner Viking Shield Maiden because I was in for the fight of my life...

On August 11, 2020 I was diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer. Over the course of my treatment I have had: 12 rounds of fu5 chemo, 10 rounds of radiation, 20 doses of oral chemo, more blood work and CT scans than I can count. 18 days of inpatient treatment and so many visits to MGH. I underwent the Whipple Procedure (google it) and missed 2 months of work. Right after my diagnosis my mother was admitted to hospice and on August 30th I said good bye. I never shared my diagnosis with my mom but I have felt her by my side. 

I channeled my inner Shield Maiden and with my amazing army of supporters by my side, I have spent the past almost 2 years fighting this horrible disease. I am happy to report that my margins and lymph nodes are clear and there is no evidence of disease. I will have to have quarterly scans and blood work over the next two years and then every 6 months for 3 years. Hopefully in 5 years I will be officially cancer free. I will be closely monitored by my amazing team at Mass General Hospital. 

I have learned many lessons over this past year but one that I hope to pass on is the LISTEN TO YOUR BODY. Its really easy to ignore symptoms even minor ones, but no one knows your body better than you do and listening to my body saved my life…. Literally.

I’m participating in PanCAN’s PurpleStride, a year-round national movement that funds lifechanging programs and services for pancreatic cancer patients and their families.

Every dollar you give means more patients can benefit from PanCAN’s free, one-on-one support, personalized information, service and resources that can make a real difference in their lives. 

Please make a gift of any size to get me one step closer to my fundraising goal and improving more patients’ lives. 

Patients and families need us now more than ever.

Thank you for your support.

Katherine the Great Shield Maiden

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About PanCAN PurpleStride

Local action. Nationwide impact. This is PanCAN PurpleStride, the ultimate walk to end pancreatic cancer.

On Saturday, April 27, 2024, at nearly 60 events 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 PanCAN's signature community celebration, raising money to fight pancreatic cancer on all fronts — through research, clinical initiatives, patient services, advocacy and nationwide volunteer support. Learn more.