Steve Strong

Steve Strong


Raised: $31,620

Goal: $30,000

Welcome to our team fundraising page!

Will you join us at the Puget Sound PanCAN PurpleStride walk on Saturday morning, April 29, 2023?

We are walking to honor of one of our favorite people, Steve Kennedy, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last August. Pancreatic cancer is a formidable foe and is generally diagnosed in late stages. 

PanCAN PurpleStride is the number one way PanCAN raises money to fund vital research that can bring new treatment options to patients, and gives them free, personalized one-to-one support through PanCAN Patient Services (see more info on PanCan below).

The 3-mile walk is FREE for anyone. It starts at 9:30 am in Magnuson Park in Seattle. The Premier Sponsors of the walk are the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center and Virginia Mason Franciscan Health.

Although the walk is free, we are seeking donations of any size to get us to our rather ambitious fundraising goal.

If you are in town that day, we would love to see you there!! If you want to walk, you need to register, and it would be great if you would register as part of our team, by using the link on this page. Before you register, please read the MORE INFO FOR WALKERS at the bottom of this message. There are a few things that we found confusing when we registered.

If you can’t do the walk and want to support our cause with a donation, that is easy too! Just click the DONATE button at the top or bottom of this page.


Our team, STEVE STRONG includes Steve; his wife Aimee and their daughters Claire, Maureen, and Aline; Steve’s sibs and their families; extended family relatives; and many friends. The team captains are Steve’s daughter Maureen and his sister Mary.

We set a very ambitious fundraising goal, because anyone who knows the Kennedy Clan knows that we are VERY competitive. But Steve was not always that way (or maybe he was just lazy)!

When Steve was in grade school, he brought home a report card with all As except for B- in “Effort.” To put it mildly, that did not go over well. His dad sat him down and said, “We are NOT a B- family.” He probably had other words but those were lost to time. (His mom probably comforted Steve because he was her "most beautiful baby" and one of her favorites.)

We want to ensure that STEVE STRONG gets an A+ in “Effort” to make it the top fundraising team in Puget Sound. Why? Because “We are NOT a B- Team!


PanCan's rating by Charity Navigator is 4 Star (96%). 

Here is their description from the Charity Navigator Site:

PanCAN's mission is to take bold action to improve the lives of everyone impacted by pancreatic cancer by advancing scientific research, building community, sharing knowledge, and advocating for patients. PanCAN was the first organization dedicated to fighting pancreatic cancer in a comprehensive way, and for more than two decades, we've grown a nationwide movement tackling the disease from all angles. 

We fund transformative research, everything from early detection to innovative new treatment approaches. PanCAN Patient Services provides free, personal one-to-one support and we can find resources for any questions you have related to pancreatic cancer, like finding a specialist or a clinical trial. We work with thousands of grassroots advocates to urge Congress to increase federal research funding for pancreatic cancer, and we get results. We build community. Be part of our movement! You can volunteer locally, participate in a PurpleStride community event or host your own fundraiser.


  • Remember that you do not have to pay anything to walk but you do need to register. 
  • If you also want to donate, you can make an online donation of any amount over $5. If money is tight, we’d love to see you at the walk, because part of the reason we are inviting people is to raise their awareness of pancreatic cancer.
  • If you really want a t-shirt you will need to donate or raise $50 on your own (see next bullet point). 
  • Once you register, you will automatically be given your own fundraising page (don’t worry you can ignore it - see the next bullet point). This is what confused us. We weren’t sure our donations were going to our team (STEVE STRONG). But they were – PanCan just gives everyone the chance to raise funds on their own but also as part of a team. 
  • You can set the personal fundraising goal as $0.00 if you want to walk for free. 
  • You can just ignore your own fundraising page, or you can personalize it and raise money yourself. 
  • If you register for the walk via the JOIN THIS TEAM link and follow the prompts to make a personal donation, the funds will get credited to STEVE STRONG's fundraising as well as your own fundraising page.
  • Click the JOIN THIS TEAM button at the top or bottom of this page to get started. 


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About PanCAN PurpleStride

Local action. Nationwide impact. This is PanCAN PurpleStride, the ultimate event to end pancreatic cancer.

On One Big Day, through 60 PurpleStride events taking place across the country, pancreatic cancer survivors, families, caregivers, researchers and supporters will join together and walk 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.