Friends of Franco

Friends of Franco


Raised: $2,694

Goal: $5,000

Welcome to our team fundraising page!

Our beautiful husband and father Franco passed away on March 6th, 2019, at age 52, one month after his second diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.  Franco was first diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2008, but because it was caught early and he was able to have the Whipple procedure, we were blessed with 10 additional years with our beloved Franco.  My family is forever grateful for all of his doctors and the medical personnel for their gifts of healing and care.

We miss him so.  One of the ways that Ana, Noah and I plan to celebrate him is by participating in the NJ PurpleStride event on Saturday, April 27th, 2024.  We'd love it if you would considering joining our Friends of Franco team and stride with us.  If you aren't able to join, take a walk or go for a run that day (or any day!) with Franco in your heart.  

We'd also ask that you consider making a donation to our Friends of Franco team.  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. 

The five-year survival rate for pancreatic cancer continues to increase and is now 10%.  Our goal is to see pancreatic cancer reach a five-year survival rate of 20% by 2030. This deadly disease has stolen our best and our brightest, but it can’t take away our determination. 

Our family is here, together with all of you, to continue Franco's legacy to raise awareness and advocate for more funding and research to fight this terrible disease.

Purple ribbons aren’t enough. Please join us in the fight today. 

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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.