Ray's Awareness

Ray's Awareness


Raised: $203

Goal: $1,000

Welcome to our team fundraising page!

I can't even believe that this PurpleStride 2022 will be 10 years that my dad, Ray Green, lost his fight against pancreatic cancer!  It seems like yesterday and forever ago that my dad was here with us all.  I signed Ray's Awareness up for our very first PurpleStride walk back in June 2012.  I had ALL the hope in the world that my dad would be right there with us that year.  Not only for him to meet others so he wouldn't feel so alone with the disease but to be that bright light of hope and joy that he always had been for others who crossed his path.  

The photo above was taken just a few days before my dad got the grave news he had pancreatic cancer.  My parents came to stay with Makenzie so Ryan and I could go on a 10 year anniversary trip.  I remember my mom calling me before they came to Ft Wayne that he was feeling really awful.  He thought he was experiencing some kind of gall bladder issues.  They had a doctors appointment lined up on the Monday following our trip.  This was in October 2011 and my dad fought hard until February 2012.  It was the textbook "4 months" from being diagnosed that my dad lost his battle.

Unfortunately, pancreatic cancer usually gets diagnosed in the late stages because symptoms don't show up until the cancer has grown to stage 4.  It was explained to us from his oncologist that his cancer had been slowly growing for maybe 10 years or so before he experienced any symptoms.  This is why it is so important to help fund PanCan and their research and clinical trials for early detection!  Too many loved ones lose their fight against pancreatic cancer because there are minimal treatment options by the time they are diagnosed.

The survival rate for pancreatic cancer 10 years ago was at 6%.  Today the survival rate has increased to 10%.  This is all due to your past donations, efforts, clinical trails, dedicated researchers and so much more!    

However, Pancreatic cancer does not stop or slow down, and neither do we!!!

We’re going to help make progress, with your support.

Our team is participating in PanCAN’s PurpleStride, a year-round national movement that funds lifechanging programs and services for pancreatic cancer patients and their families.

Every dollar you give means more patients can benefit from PanCAN’s free, one-on-one support, personalized information, service and resources that can make a real difference in their lives. 

Please join our team as a participant, or make a gift of any size to get us one step closer to our fundraising goal and improving more patients’ lives. You can donate to a team member or make a general donation to the team.

Patients and families need us now more than ever.

Thank you for your support.

Team Ray's Awareness

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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.