The A Team

The A Team


Raised: $6,208

Goal: $4,750

Welcome to our team fundraising page!

Thank you for visiting this page! Please join my effort to raise money for this worthy organization: the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) offers patients and caregivers free, one-on-one support and personalized information, like finding clinical trials patients can participate in and information about genetic testing. Money raised also goes towards grants for researchers working to combat this nasty disease and support and resources for caregivers. 

PurpleStride, their annual fundraiser, is happening very soon—April 30th, so please take action right now. Here are some of the ways your gift can help: 

  • $32 covers the cost of free one-to-one support to someone facing a PC diagnosis
  • $150 will pay for 15 educational packets
  • $480 will help support a research grantee for 3 weeks
  • $1,000 will pay for a patient to get tumor testing and help determine the best treatment options. 

A gift of any amount will help improve and extend patients’ lives and aid the effort to stop this deadly disease. 

The A Team is dedicated to the memory of my two dear friends who lost their lives to pancreatic cancer, Frank Heintz (pictured with nephew Jonathan, above) and Pamela Shifflett.

Thank you SO much,

Would you recognize symptoms of pancreatic cancer? 
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Are you at increased risk for developing pancreatic cancer? 

  1. Age: Most people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer are over the age of 60
  2. Obesity: 20% increased risk of developing the disease compared to people who are of normal weight. The risk is even higher in people who are obese during early adulthood. People with excessive abdominal fat may have an increased risk whether or not they are obese.

  3. Smoking: a significant risk factor, may cause about 20 – 30% of all exocrine pancreatic cancer cases. Smokers are two times more likely to develop pancreatic cancer than people who have never smoked.

  4. Heritage: There is a higher incidence of pancreatic cancer among Ashkenazi Jews

  5. Race: Black Americans have a higher incidence of pancreatic cancer compared to people of Asian, Hispanic or Caucasian descent.

  6. Genetic mutations: a personal history or strong family history of breast, ovarian, colon or malignant melanoma cancer

  7. If you have a parent, sibling or child whose had pancreatic cancer you are at higher risk.

  8. Diabetes: if you've been a diabetic over 5 years, or are a new Type 2 diabetic, particularly if you've unexpectedly lost weight and are over 50 you are at risk.

  9. Pancreatitis: if you have chronic or familial pancreatitis you are at greater risk.

  10. Alcohol: excessive intake is another risk factor

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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.