2023 marks two years since we lost the late, GREAT Kris Balch. It also marks the Balch Brigade's 2nd year participating in the PanCan Purple Stride. Last year (our inaugural year), we raised over $5,800 for cancer research. This year, we're trying to double that because the more we raise, the bigger impact we have!
If you're reading this, you already know...Kris was an extraordinary human being. The man with 10,000 hobbies - marathon runner, rock climber, wood worker, gardener, pottery thrower, stained glass artist, scuba diver, hang glider, keyboard player, knobby-knee contest winner, squirrel catcher and releaser, Burning Man attendee, patented design engineer and uncredited skateboard inventor. He was unbelievably smart, had an incredible sense of humor, was a devoted family man who taught his kids a strong work ethic and the importance of humility and kindness. Kris was a craftsman and adventurer. His children and grandchildren are blessed to have been influenced by him and are proud to carry the twisted Balch gene.
2022 was another difficult year for our families. Both Abbie and little Chris lost their father-in-laws following cancer diagnoses. Filemon "Chito" Lopez and Francisco "Pancho" Hernandez shared something more with Kris than just cancer. They were all men of high integrity, who preached and practiced the importance of family and all had wicked senses of humor.
This year, the Balch Brigade is honored to join forces with the Hernandez and Lopez families to come together to walk and raise funds in honor of 3 men who loved big and loved hard.
Join our team as a participant, grab all the purple attire you can find and walk along with us as we celebrate our loved ones, or simply make a gift of any size (no donation is too small!) You can donate to a specific team member or make a general donation to the team. We would also appreciate if you could spread the word!
Thank you for supporting the Balch/Lopez/Hernandez families!