#ww88 Walk for Walter





  • Wage Hope at PurpleStride. The walk to end pancreatic cancer.

    Wage Hope at PurpleStride. The walk to end pancreatic cancer.

Wage Hope to end pancreatic cancer


Wage Hope to end pancreatic cancer

It has almost been a year since we lost Walter to pancreatic cancer. To our family, friends and the medical professionals who treated him we were not prepared for his life to end as soon as it did. His cancer was so aggressive that he passed within 4 months of diagnosis. He was bigger than life and to those of you who knew him he was truly a special person. He gave his time giving back and raising money for charities all over the country, was a Vice President at Commerce Bank, former Kansas City Chief, Kansas City Chiefs Ambassador.

Most of all he was my husband of almost 40 years and father to our three amazing children, Jason, Adam and Whitney. A loving father-in-law to Hannah as well. He was a friend to so many people and he never knew a stranger. He has the ability to light up a room wherever he would be. He loved to sing, for those of you fortunate to hear him we all know what fun he brought to many. Unfortunately, he did not live to see our bundle of joy Kendall (7 months) or get to see his Chiefs win the Super Bowl. I do believe he is looking down and knows the good that has happened over this past year and is on our hearts and memories forever. 

Pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rate of all major cancers, at just 10%. This deadly disease has stolen our best and our brightest, but it can’t take away our determination. 

I’ve stepped up to Wage Hope at PurpleStride, the walk to end pancreatic cancer. Will you help me rewrite the future of this disease by making a donation today?

Every dollar that you give ensures that the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network can continue working to improve outcomes for pancreatic cancer patients.

Purple ribbons and wristbands aren’t enough. Please join me in the fight today. Please join this team to spread the word and raise awareness, to honor Walter. As he would say,

"Step up, and bring it to the table".

Thank you from my family and I for supporting this great cause. If we can help others by donating to research to improve survival rates and make this NOT a deadly disease and to eventually wipe it out.

With gratitude,



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