Team Heidi & Kris

Team Heidi & Kris


Raised: $752

Goal: $10,000

Welcome to our team fundraising page!

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. 

***Heidi was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer on July 18, 2018 which metastasized to her liver.  She started chemo immediately which was later followed by immunotherapy trials.  Heidi's intestinal stent failed in April 2022, puncturing her intestines.  She had to stop chemo and immunotherapy immediately. Her cancer grew very quickly. She started home hospice May 2022.  We lost Heidi on July 23, 2022.  4 years and 5 days post official cancer diagnoses.  

****Kris was diagnosed with stage 1 pancreatic cancer in December 2021. 

I am no longer a candidate for the whipple procedure. I was down at Mayo the middle of May and that's when I found out. I began a new set of chemo in June and am still doing it. The Oxaliplatin is the worst of the 3 I am doing now. So my diagnosis is stage 4 metastatic pancreatic adenocarcinoma. It spread to my peritoneum. I found out through testing that I am not a candidate for immunotherapy.

Kris and Heidi are paternal cousins.  Kris lost her mom Sandy (my dad's sister) to colon cancer in 1970.  Heidi has undergone genetic testing and has learned that her cancer is not genetic.  Kris just recently went through genetic testing as well.  

Please consider joining us on: 


HARRIET ISLAND, St. Paul Minnesota

 If you are not able to walk with us, consider making a donation in honor of Kris and in memory of Heidi. 

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