Team Becker

  • See personal message from Bernie Friedman below!

    See personal message from Bernie Friedman below!

Team Becker


Raised: $92,805

Goal: $68,000

Welcome to our team fundraising page!

A Note from Bernie Friedman:


My wife, Marta Friedman, was honored to be the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Survivor Speaker at the 2019 PurpleStride Walk to End Pancreatic Cancer event. Marta spoke passionately about her indescribable journey which included months(and now years!) of highly toxic chemotherapy that ravaged her body as well as the very tough Whipple surgery (and additional surgeries since then to ablate new tumors). She thanked (and continues to thank) her many doctors, nurses, family, friends, neighbors, rabbis, and Team Becker for the endless love, prayers, and support. 

This year’s in person PurpleStride walk will mark four years of battle for Marta and all those who have journeyed with her.  Marta’s inner and outer strength continues to inspire all of us.  And during COVID even more so:  Marta’s long and brutal chemo treatments are done alone. No one to hold her hand or comfort her. Even with triple vaccinations, an immunocompromised person is still at high risk.  

Marta is always optimistic.  All those who journey with Marta know that they must live and love life every day to the max. And yes, we still have fun!

SADLY, THERE IS NO CURE YET. That is why this year, more than ever, we ask you to support TEAM BECKER by giving generously to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network to fund scientific research that will one day lead to a cure for Marta and hundreds of thousands of others battling this horrific disease. Click our link to support research to save lives. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. 

- Bernie and Marta Friedman, and Elana , Jeff, and Charlie (our new grandson!) Polashuk

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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.