Purple Power

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

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

Purple Power


Raised: $1,500

Goal: $1,200

Welcome to our team fundraising page!

In the fall of 2007, my brother William Dickinson was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  Unfortunately, his cancer was not diagnosed until it had progresses to the point that no effective treatment could be used to help him and he died in the spring of 2008.

In December of 2011, I was also diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  Fortunately, my cancer was discovered early enough to allow effective treatment.  I started 3 months of chemo therapy in January 2012, had surgery in May followed by 3 months of chemo that ended in October.  The follow up appointments were going quite well until the fall of 2016 when the blood test results indicated tumor activity but the scans did not show an identifiable tumor.  Finally in the spring of 2017, the tumor was identified and treated with gamma knife radiation.  Subsequently, the blood tests returned to the "normal" range and the scans have shown that the tumor has shrunk.  I have been extremely blessed twice because of the excellent treatment that I have received from my doctors. 

I am walking in the Pittsburgh Purple Stride cancer walk to honor my brother and to honor the exceptional doctors that I have been so fortunate to have treat me.  

Purple ribbons aren’t enough. Please join me in the fight today.

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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.

On one powerful day through nearly 60 PurpleStride events nationwide, pancreatic cancer survivors, families, caregivers, researchers and supporters will join together 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.