Grace's Race

Grace's Race


Raised: $724

Goal: $2,000

Welcome to our team fundraising page!

We are back! It's almost that time to paint our nation purple! Last year was such a success, and we are thrilled to take part of the PurpleStride once again! 

2 years ago, our lives were completely shattered, as we lost our beloved mom. Grazyna (Grace) beat cancer once before, and there was no way in our minds that she would not be able to do it again, she was an incredibly strong woman. When she was diagnosed in December of 2021, it was determined to be liver/gallbladder cancer, however, when she had her surgery a month later in an attempt to remove the tumors, it ended up being much worse than expected and metastasized to multiple parts of the body. By early February we learned this aggressive form of cancer was of pancreaticobiliary origin, which has a very poor prognosis. She fought until the very end.

On March 24, 2022, at 4:46 am she passed at home, surrounded by her family members, which was her dying wish. When she departed a piece of our hearts went with her, watching a loved one suffering to that extent is almost unbearable, but we were comforted by the fact that she was no longer in pain and finally at peace. That day, heaven truly did gain an angel. Her memory will live on forever; therefore, we try to find ways to honor her kind and beautiful soul. PanCAN PurpleStride is just one way we want to pay tribute to her and spread awareness of Pancreatic Cancer. We would love for you to join (Grace’s Race) for PurpleStride 2024 on Saturday, April 27th at Cantigny Park (Wheaton) to honor those we lost and celebrate survivors. Donations are very much appreciated to raise funds for vital research which can provide new treatment options for this often lethal form of cancer, as well as offer free resources and support for those who are affected by this disease.

Thank you so much for your support!

Patrycja and Jenny 

Saturday, April 27, 2024
Event Village Opens: 9:30 AM
Opening Ceremony: 10:00 AM
Walk Begins: 10:30 AM
Event Concludes: 12:00 PM

Cantigny Park
1 S, 151 Winfield
Wheaton, IL 60189


Park on site at Cantigny Park, accessible from Winslow’s Rd. 

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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.