Forza Bruno!

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

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

Forza Bruno!


Raised: $5,245

Goal: $2,020

Welcome to our team fundraising page!

On November 27, the evening before Thanksgiving, our family was forever changed.That was the night we learned of my father's diagnosis. Although we didn't quite know the details or seriousness of his diagnosis that night, more tests needed to follow, we knew we the ugliness of this disease and knew an uphill battle lay ahead.


Our family quickly jumped into action. My sister Melissa hopped on a red-eye flight from California only a couple of hours after learning the news by phone and was in Boston early Thanksgiving morning. We let the news settle a bit that day, knowing it was a holiday and not much we could do, and spent the entire day together as a family. The days and weeks to follow were filled with numerous doctor appointments and tests. It was scary, trying, emotional and draining as we tried to find answers, educate ourselves, learned more about his diagnosis and the little options we had.


It's a very sneaky disease, often only presenting symptoms once it has advanced, and unfortunately there are no real screening tests available. Only 4 weeks prior to learning of his diagnosis my dad completed a half marathon, beating the time he set as a goal for himself, and 3 weeks prior he ran a 10k race finishing in the overall top 25% with an average 8 minute pace.


Today my father continues to fight for his life. Pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rate of all major cancers, at just 10%. This deadly disease has stolen the lives of many, but it can't take away our determination and that is one thing my father has always been - determined.


Together, in love, our family will hit the streets to do what we can to wage hope and help to end pancreatic cancer.


We appreciate your generosity and all you are able to do to help us in this fight. 



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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.

At nearly 60 PurpleStride events in communities nationwide, pancreatic cancer survivors, families, caregivers, researchers and supporters passionate about changing the future of pancreatic cancer come together to celebrate and 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.