Raised: $12,673

Goal: $25,000

Welcome to our team fundraising page!


Last year, my buddy, Joe DeMarco courageously attended the PurpleStride, surrounded by family and friends who came to demand better for him and others. Joe passed a month later from pancreatic cancer. Heaven gained a true angel in him. 

Not long thereafter, my friend, Scott Belveal also died after being diagnosed at a very young age. A West Point graduate, his life was defined by remarkable courage and honor. His was a life that was well-lived, but a life that was far too short. 


Today, there STILL is no good method for early detection of pancreatic cancer. That early detection would likely have saved Joe's and Scott's life.

Early detection would have likely saved Ken Hornbaker's life. The devoted husband and father of three young boys - and marathon runner - died at 49.

Early detection would have likely saved Genevieve Gelinas' life. The beautiful reseacher and loving wife and mother of three boys, died at age 46. Her last words to me: "Wear the purple tutu for me at the race". 

Early detection did save me. BUT the detection was by chance - usually the reason for survival. I have had pancreatic cancer twice since my first diagnosis at age 44 in 2011 and today, at 56, am cancer-free. 

Most cases - 8 out of 10 - are caught after the cancer has spread. Thus, pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rate of all major cancers.

In 2011, the 5-year survival rate was 6%. Today, the 5-year survival rate is 13%. We’ve made progress - with significant help from PurpleStride. 

Team GrapeFul and I are doing PurpleStride in support of Joey D, Scott, Ken, Genevieve, Andy and their families.

We also honor the lives of other dear friends lost to this disease and those in the fight as well as their loved ones who deeply care for them.

Please join our team as a participant, or make a gift of any size to get us one step closer to our fundraising goal and improving more patients’ lives. 

Do it for Joe. Do it for Scott. Do it for Ken. Do it for Genevieve. Do it for Andy. Do it for someone you know. Do it for someone you will know.


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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.