Melissa May

Melissa May


Raised: $7,132

Goal: $5,000

Welcome to My PurpleStride Personal Fundraising Page!

March 11, 2022 will be a day I remember forever. As some of you know, my mom, Jan, was diagnosed with stage 2 pancreatic cancer. Fortunately, it was caught early, but she has a long road ahead with many aggressive and demanding treatments. My mom is fortunate enough to be working with some of the top oncologists and surgeons in the country. She is one of the strongest, most determined people I know, and our family feels so lucky to have so many friends and family members supporting her through this journey.

Only about 15% of patients are diagnosed at an early stage and in time for potentially life-saving treatment. My grandma passed away from pancreatic cancer over 40 years ago when genetic testing and treatments were nothing like they are today. Without events to raise money for research about this aggressive disease and better ways to fight it, my mom would not be able to have the treatment she is able to receive today. Unfortunately pancreatic cancer has made another unwelcomed appearance in our family, so it was well overdue that I try and make a difference.

This is my first time participating in the PanCAN’s PurpleStride, and I’m hoping to raise $5,000. As someone who is trying to navigate this new situation from 900 miles away from her family, getting involved with PanCan was a no brainer. When your world has been turned upside down, every connection, donation, and gift counts. My team, JanCan, is participating in the PurpleStride, a year-round national movement that funds life changing programs and services for pancreatic cancer patients and their families. Pancreatic cancer does not stop or slow down, and neither will we! Every dollar you give means more patients can benefit from free, one-on-one support, personalized information, service and resources that can make a real difference in their lives.

Please join our team as a participant, or make a gift of any size to get us one step closer to our fundraising goal and improving more patients’ lives. You can donate to a team member or make a general donation to the team.

Thank you for your love and support!

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Melissa's Achievements

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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

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.