Jay Walkers

Jay Walkers


Raised: $27,392

Goal: $20,000

Welcome to our team fundraising page!

We're walking to honor our sister Jenelle (Jay), who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2016.  Like many pancreatic cancer patients, she went through several rounds of testing and diagnosing before they found her cancer, and by that time it was too late.  Jenelle lost her battle with pancreatic cancer just 3 weeks after being diagnosed, at the age of 52.  She was an incredible sister, wife and mother, and always had a smile on her face and loved to take care of everyone around her.  We miss our sister every day.

In early 2019 Jenelle was looking out for me (like she did since we were kids - see photo) when I also was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  Luckily we caught it early, and I was fortunate enough to be eligible for immunotherapy based on the genetic make-up of my tumor.  After chemo, radiation and immunotherapy, I had a successful whipple procedure in July of 2019.  I'm celebrating 5 years as a survivor this year, which is a big milestone for me.

I'm alive today because of scientific progress made possible by people like you donating to cancer research.  When I was first diagnosed, the 5-year survival rate was 9%.  Now it's 13%.  While that's still way too low, it's progress.  I wish these advancements had been available for Jenelle, though we can't go back.  All we can do now is to wage hope and keep raising money for research to put this disease behind us.  

Please join us in celebrating Jenelle's life and raising money to beat this disease.  You can join our team and come walk with us in Indy on April 27th, 2024, or do a virtual walk wherever you are.  If you aren't able to join our team, please consider making a donation to one of our team members below.  We need your help!

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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.