Striding on for Grampy

Striding on for Grampy


Raised: $340

Goal: $1,000

Welcome to our team fundraising page!

It’s been 2,099 days since Larry “Grampy” Steffann’s, life was prematurely stolen after his fewer than 100-day battle with Pancreatic Cancer. 2,009 days since Larry – a Husband, a Father, a Grampy, a Brother, an Uncle, a Friend, a Neighbor, a Mentor, and founder of RIoT – has been gone.

The hole doesn’t get smaller, the grief doesn’t wane, and the heartbreak doesn’t lessen for any of us. The loss of someone who was loved like Larry was - and still is - and who loved and lived like Larry, never leaves us. However, we remember to keep his memory a blessing. Part of doing that is by “Striding on for Grampy” in the Annual PanCan Purple Stride Walk.

In 2018, Larry showed up at Purple Stride to watch my sister, Lauren, and I cross the finish line. This was the first time we would participate in the PanCan annual walk in support of our Dad. He had just begun his fight against pancreatic cancer. The very first walk took place the morning following his very first chemo treatment. He still managed to show up and greet us with both his support and his larger than life smile as we crossed the finish line. If you knew Larry, this should come as no surprise.

This year, on April 27th we will walk, unified, in our 6th PanCan Purple Stride to honor Larry’s Memory and to show our solidarity towards a cause we profoundly support -  A Cure for Pancreatic Cancer. We continue his stride because He cannot. We stride to support the fight towards getting better and necessary preventive testing and treatments options for this incurable and calamitous disease. We stride with HOPE and belief that well-funded research will lead to the cure of pancreatic  cancer. 

Our goal for this year’s walk is $1,000.

It’s hard to believe we are coming upon six years since we last hugged him, held his hand, called him, heard him say ‘I love you,’ listened to his boisterous laugh, learned from him, made a memory with him, and have seen that great big smile illuminate his face. 

We won’t be upset if we exceed our goal and neither will all the heroes who are fighting this horrible disease.

Thank you for all your continued support. 

With gratitude,

The Steffann-Medlocks, The Primatos & “Grammy”



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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.