Sweet Melissa

Sweet Melissa


Raised: $8,142

Goal: $14,000

Welcome to our team fundraising page!

Welcome to Our PanCAN PurpleStride Team Fundraising Page!

Hey, there!

My team and I are taking steps to end pancreatic cancer at PanCAN PurpleStride on Saturday, April 27, 2024.

Melissa lost her battle with pancreatic cancer on August 28, 2022. Losing Melissa has been devasting to our family and her friends as she was an incredible person who brought happiness to so many. Melissa was only 49 when diagnosed, mother of 3 incredible daughters, and a loving/caring wife. Melissa unfortunately had an aggressive type of pancreatic cancer (squamous carcinoma) that took her life only 10 months after diagnosis. Melissa was a fighter. She endured a 7-hour surgery to remove the tumor to only find out two months later the cancer had spread. Melissa had months of chemotherapy but unfortunately this deadly disease could not be stopped.

While Melissa was going through chemotherapy, she was determined to beat cancer. She used to say that when she was better, she wanted to work to raise awareness about pancreatic cancer in hopes of improving processes for early detection and for better treatments allowing positive outcomes for the unfortunate people who are inflicted with this terrible cancer.  In her honor, our family and friends will continue to raise funds to support research providing hope for others.

PanCAN PurpleStride is for everyone, and we’d love for you to join our team! Just click the Register button at the top of this page and follow a few easy steps to get set up. And anyone who registers and raises $50 will receive an official PanCAN PurpleStride 2023 T-shirt!  

Thank you for your support!

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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.