Team Irena

  • Wage Hope at PurpleStride. The walk to end pancreatic cancer.

    Wage Hope at PurpleStride. The walk to end pancreatic cancer.

Team Irena


Raised: $708

Goal: $700

Welcome to our team fundraising page!

On January 12, 2019,  my family lost my mom, Irena Butts, to Pancreatic Cancer.  My mom was a loving wife, mother, grandma and great-grandma who loved to be surrounded by the people she loved.  She was diagnosed with Stage IV Pancreatic Cancer with metastasis to the lungs and liver just 16 hours before she passed.  We as a family were completely blindsided with this diagnosis.  We knew she wasn't feeling well but we all just assumed she had the flu or something.  There is no way we could prepare ourselves for the diagnosis that we received.  My mom had just had a check up with her primary doctor just 3 months prior to her passing and nothing was detected!  She never complained of pain or any other symptom.  My family and I have decided to donate to this cause because there needs to be tests for early detection and a cure needs to be found.  Please help us raise money so no other family has to go through what my family is.  Thank you!

Pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rate of all major cancers, at just 10%. This deadly disease has stolen our best and our brightest, but it can’t take away our determination. 

Our team has stepped up to Wage Hope at PurpleStride, the walk to end pancreatic cancer. Will you help us rewrite the future of this disease by making a donation today?

Every dollar that you donate ensures that the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network can continue working to create better outcomes for pancreatic cancer patients and their families. By donating to our team, you are supporting vital efforts to double pancreatic cancer survival by 2020. 

Purple ribbons aren’t enough. Please join us in the fight today. 

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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.