Mary's Mountain

  • We miss you Mary!

    We miss you Mary!

Mary's Mountain


Raised: $242

Goal: $7,700

Welcome to our team fundraising page!

On September 15, 2019, the world lost one of the most beautiful and loving people here on earth, Mary Bavolek.

Mary was diagnosed with metastatic pancreatic cancer in December 2018. Mary waged war on her cancer and fought to survive. Thankfully she was able to spend precious time with her husband, kids, grandkids and friends during the last months of her life. Her absence is felt daily and is forever heartbreaking to the loved ones left behind. 

Pancreatic cancer is one the most lethal and hardest of all cancers to treat. Mary's family is committed to continuing the fight to find better treatments and help find a cure to this horrible disease. Our hope is that someday in our lifetime no one will have to lose a loved one to pancreatic cancer.

Since Mary's diagnosis, The Pancreatic Cancer Network (PanCAN) has been an invaluable resource for the Bavolek family. PanCAN is full of resources and counseling for pancreatic patients and their families. It is also committed to creating vital legislation to get more government funding for pancreatic cancer research. It is for these reasons that we ask you to pledge a donation to support this organization that is so near and dear to our family.

Normally this would be the time that we would be raising money and planning for Mary's family and friends to join us in Chicago for the annual PanCAN Purple Strike 5K at the end of June. In 2019, we raised over 15K and Mary was there to walk with over 70 of her family and friends. It was a magical day for Mary and we will continue to raise money and continue this walk every year in her memory. Last year, unfortunately due to COVID-19, the Purple Stride walk was virtual, but we were still able to raise over $7,000 in Mary's name toward finding a cure for pancreatic cancer. What a beautiful tribute to an amazing woman who has touched so many.

Unfortunately, this year's Purple Stride Walk will be virtual again due to COVID-19. We will not be able to walk together and we do understand this is a hard time to ask for donations. The date of the virtual walk is Saturday, June 26, 2021. We have set our Mary's Mountain team fundraising goal at $7,700. That is $100 for every year of Mary's beautiful life here on earth.

On Saturday, June 26th we will be doing our family's version of the virtual walk by participating in some of Mary's favorite activities. We ask you to join us on that day by going for a walk, strolling the beach, gardening, making cookies, calling a loved one, having lunch with a friend or dancing with your kids/grandkids. Please wear purple (in support of pancreatic cancer survivors) and send us photos of what you do on that day. You can text pictures/videos to Jenny at (773) 301-4549 or post to social media and use hashtag #MarysMountain. 

We also ask that you click on the JOIN THIS TEAM link below and make a donation in Mary's memory.

Stay safe and healthy friends!

All Our Love, 

Al Bavolek and Daughters ~ Jennifer, Beth, Meggan, Amy, Allyson and Susan

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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.