• Cecilia - Our Warrior Queen at PurpleStride 2022! Positive Vibes Only!

    Cecilia - Our Warrior Queen at PurpleStride 2022! Positive Vibes Only!



Raised: $38,350

Goal: $50,000

Welcome to our team fundraising page!



It is with an extremely heavy heart to update our story this year. Rather than having my mom sit beside me as I do this as she has done the past 2 years, Cecilia DePippo passed away early June 29th. There will never be enough words to describe my love and admiration for my mom. She was my hero, my mentor, my best friend and all around favorite person. Mom lived life fearlessly and fought Pancreatic Cancer like a true warrior. She didn't lose her battle to cancer, she won. She taught us all how to live presently in each moment of each day and that in fact, WE CAN DO HARD THINGS. She was the absolute strongest human being I have ever known and I am beyond blessed to have had her as my mother. If I can be half the person she was, I know I would of succeeded! 

This year let's not only walk in her honor and celebrate the inspirational and incredible human being Cecilia was but let's raise funds and awareness so nobody else has to experience this terrible disease. We ask that everyone commits to at least the $50 minimum donation to help us wage hope! 

"If you don't like the way the world is, you can change it. You have an obligation to change it. You just do it one step at a time" 

Remember - we can do hard things! For Mom, For Grandma, For Cecilia!!! Our FOREVER Warrior Queen!

In January of 2021 my mom, my hero, Cecilia, was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer.  Devastated and overwhelmed by this news, we immediately took action and adopted POSITIVE VIBES ONLY. Despite the unknowns throughout the process we have continued to take every test, scan, as one step at a time and live each day to the absolute fullest with positivity. After 1 aborted whipple procedure surgery, 12 rounds of the toughest chemotherapy, 5 bouts of radiation, and a successful whipple procedure surgery to remove her tumor in January 2022. Unfortunately, in January of 2023, the cancer returned to the surgical site and on June 29th, Cecilia passed away. While all of our hearts broke that day and continue to break navigating life without her, Mom was the epitome of strength and resilience and the definition of a true fighter. 

By joining PurpleStride 2024 and/or donating you are helping spread the word and raise funds and awareness about Pancreatic Cancer. 

SURVIVOR SUITE - Arena/LA Kings will once again be supporting Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and hosting Survivors, Caregivers, Doctors on November 16th at 7:30PM. Every $500 donated to PanCAN and PurpleStride 2024 will allow a survivor + a guest attend the game for an unforgettable evening. Food and beverages will be provided as well as giftbags! In addition, there will be an intermission spotlight highlighting our heroes and remembering our heroes we have lost. 

ABOUT PANCREATIC CANCER: Pancreatic Cancer is the world's toughest cancer with a five-year survival rate of just 10% in the United States. It is the third leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States and demands urgent action to save lives. 

ABOUT PANCREATIC CANCER ACTION NETWORK: PanCAN's vision is to create a world in which all patients with pancreatic cancer will thrive. Their 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. 

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About PanCAN PurpleStride

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

On Saturday, April 27, 2024, at nearly 60 events 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 PanCAN's signature community celebration, raising money to fight pancreatic cancer on all fronts — through research, clinical initiatives, patient services, advocacy and nationwide volunteer support. Learn more.