CaptainRichards Team

CaptainRichards Team


Raised: $419

Goal: $5,000

Welcome to our team fundraising page!


February 10, 2024 marks five years since my dad, Richard Holtz, passed away from pancreatic cancer.

My dad was larger than life, running a small business, InfiniSys, and being a national technology leader for multi-family and student housing, boating with his family on the weekends, spending precious time with his first grandson Asher, helping his family and friends with their never-ending tech problems, and giving back to the Jewish community through various roles with Temple Beth-El and the Union for Reform Judaism, among other volunteer efforts.  A former volunteer fireman and EMT for more than 20 years in New York, he was the kind of guy who would do anything for you, no matter how many other things he was tackling at a given time.  Here are a few random but favorite memories:


  • On my 8th birthday, he took me to get my very first puppy, Sunshine. Ever since then, I took on his love of dogs and became the crazy dog person I am today.
  • When I was in middle school, he gave me my first job, organizing his business cards. I earned a nickel for each one I alphabetized and put into a rolodex.
  • When I was car shopping a few years ago in DC, I would tell him the cars I liked and he would go to the different dealers in Daytona to test drive those same cars so we could compare notes and he could tell me what he thought. 
  • He helped me buy my very first condo in DC. While he got to see it being gutted, he never got to see the completely remodeled unit, except through photos. 

He was my biggest champion, always supporting me unconditionally.  No one should ever have to suffer from this horrific disease, let alone watch their parent suffer from it.   Please join me in remembering my dad and all the loved ones we have lost to this disease. 

Click JOIN TEAM to walk virtually around your neighborhood and help me raise money to fight pancreatic cancer through your own networks! Otherwise, please click DONATE to help change the trajectory of this disease for all those fighting and yet to be diagnosed.  


Pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rate of all major cancers, reaching 13% this past year. It was around 8% when my dad was diagnosed in 2018.  This deadly disease has stolen our best and our brightest, but it can’t take away our determination. 

Our team has stepped up to Wage Hope at PurpleStride, the walk to end pancreatic cancer. Will you help us rewrite the future of this disease by making a donation today?

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. By donating to our team, you are supporting vital efforts to double pancreatic cancer survival by 2030. 

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.