Earl's Pearls

Earl's Pearls


Raised: $1,011

Goal: $5,000

Welcome to our team fundraising page!

I lost a dear childhood friend, Earl Sleeper, on January 30, 2022.

In memory of Earl, I would appreciate your support of the Purple Stride Program. Whether that's running with me in NYC, your home town's event, virtually, or sending a few dollars this way.

A few notes about Earl:

He left this world way too soon. At 40 years old he lost his courageous battle with pancreatic cancer on January 30, 2022. He is flying high with ceiling and visibility unlimited. Some knew him as Junior, some knew him as Bubba, and some knew him as Earl but everyone knew him as the greatest, kindest, sweetest, most selfless guy. He was humble, warm, loyal, trustworthy, smart, and just hilarious. He would open his home and give you the shirt off his back. Nobody on this Earth has a single bad thing to say about him. Anyone that knew him knew he had this love of flying that was always in his bones. If he wasn’t in a cockpit he was always looking at planes and talking about them. His favorite things to do were going to watch planes land and take off, play video games, watch football, and of course, bowl. Don’t let him fool you he was not just an “okay” bowler he was an awesome bowler. He was also a proud Red Raider and you could hear him always say “Go Tech!” no matter what game was on. Sometimes there wasn’t even a game and he would say it just because. 

Earl married the love of his life, Kelly, in 2014 They welcomed 2 girls, Sarah (5 years) and Amanda (1 year). He switched careers from IT Guy to full time pilot. He got to live his dream. He said he got everything he ever wanted, just not for long enough.

More About PanCan and Purple Stride:

This is a year-round national movement that funds lifechanging programs and services for pancreatic cancer patients and their families.

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.

Thank you for your support.

Brigette Lepe

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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.