Purple Stride is an incredible community celebration and centerpiece for the PanCAN family of which Larry and I are a part. In 2011 when Larry and I first walked in Purple Stride Indianapolis, we had no idea where our journey would take us or how long it would last. At that time, the 5-year survival rate for those diagnosed with pancreatic cancer was just 5%. Today that has risen to 12%, but there is much work still to be done. Pancreatic cancer is the No. 3 leading cause of cancer-related death, and it is predicted to become the No. 2 leading cause. In the last 12 years, I watched and listened as Larry met, counseled and encouraged individuals diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He gave them hope and an example of how to live in the face of this dreaded disease. I also lost my younger brother to pancreatic cancer in 2015. Neal's goal was to live like Larry, but he survived just 6 months after diagnosis. Though Larry did not die from pancreatic cancer, every day of his life since his diagnosis was impacted by the disease. We raise funds to give hope and support to others who find themselves with pancreatic cancer.
On April 29, 2023, the Nicolet family will walk in PurpleStride in downtown Indianapolis at the White River State Park. We would welcome your presence to honor Larry and his remarkable legacy of survival, positivity, humor, grace, and always a smile on his face. You can join us by clicking on JOIN THIS TEAM. If you want to donate to help me reach the Team Nicolet goal of $10,000, click on DONATE. Pancreatic cancer affects thousands every day, and we need to continue to be here for all. Our work to change pancreatic cancer patients' lives- and to keep improving survival- does not slow down or stop. You make a difference in the fight. Know that your unrelenting and unwavering support over the last 12 years is inspiring and deeply appreciated. You make a difference in our lives.