Team Awesome

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

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

Team Awesome


Raised: $3,440

Goal: $4,638

Welcome to our team fundraising page!

We lost our beloved Elaine Laible Spidal on March 4, 2021. She fought this battle, and many others, with grace and beauty. She loved her boys with her whole heart. She was so proud of them and their accomplishments. She loved to have fun! She was wise and thoughtful and silly and funny. She loved playing games and she made everyone feel like they were heard and seen. She knew how to love and how to walk hard roads with hope and a smile. She was definitely a bright light.

While she fought cancer we often referred to her team of friends and family as #teamawesome (and she was the captain). During her battle against pancreatic cancer, Team Awesome showed up in the most beautiful ways. Team Awesome is comprised of family, life-long friends, new friends, co-workers, other patients, neighbors ... people from all aspects of her life. This group of people provided for her every need. They prayed for her, stayed with her overnight, provided meals and gift cards, sent notes, CaringBridge messages, flowers and texts - they spoke life into a hard situation. Every act of love changed everything for her. Team Awesome showed the world what community is supposed to look like. Elaine loved well and she surrounded herself with people who also love well. She invested in people and in return, people poured themselves out to others.

Losing Elaine is a huge loss for us all but we can unite together, raise some money and maybe make someone else's journey a little easier. 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. In her memory, we have formed Team Awesome and plan to walk at the Portland Purple Stride event on September 25, 2021. You can join us in several ways.

  1. 1. You can join our team and fundraise! You don't have to walk with us in Portland to join our team! You can join, fundraise and walk in your town that day!
  2. 2. You can make a financial donation to Team Awesome in Elaine's memory.

Every dollar raised ensures that the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network can continue working to create better outcomes for pancreatic cancer patients and their families. By donating to our team, you are supporting vital efforts to double pancreatic cancer survival. 

Please join us 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.