Imagineers United





  • Our last family portrait - August 2008

    Our last family portrait - August 2008

Wage Hope to end pancreatic cancer


My girls and I have been active members in the PANCAN community ever since my healthy husband, Jim, was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in April 2008, only 10 days after his 47th birthday. He was gone in just 6 months. We have been to Advocacy Day in DC five times, including the three years that preceded the passage of the Recalcitrant Cancer Research Act in 2013. My girls were just 10 & 11 y.o. when they were storming the Capitol, educating members of Congress on the urgency for action on this bill. 

As Team Takacs, we were the #1 fundraising team at Boston’s inaugural PurpleStride in 2011. We changed our name to Imagineers United in 2012 as we had so many team members who also were walking for loved ones and who raised a lot of money for the team – some as much as we did. Our new name reflected not only how our team was united in this mission, but it was also an acknowledgement to another pioneer in this movement, Randy Pausch (author of The Last Lecture). As Imagineers United, we continued to raise in excess of $20,000 every year while we lived in the Boston area. 

We were thrilled to join our new PANCAN affiliate in 2016 at the Raleigh-Durham PurpleStride.  Not only do we continue to raise funds, but I am now lucky enough to work on a team with other core team members who make PurpleStride happen every year. Unfortunately, with my daughters now both away at college, my team is shrinking.  Please join my team, whether we have met or not. The more the merrier!! Otherwise, please consider supporting us with a donation. NO AMOUNT IS TOO SMALL!

And thank you very much for your support!
By making a donation to our team, you are supporting efforts to double survival for this deadly disease by 2020. 


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