Bena Steffann-medlock

  • Wage Hope at PurpleStride. The walk to end pancreatic cancer.

    Wage Hope at PurpleStride. The walk to end pancreatic cancer.

Bena Steffann-medlock


Raised: $1,692

Goal: $1,370

Remembering Grampy as We Stride On

It will be 1,370 days since the day that My Dad’s life was prematurely stolen after his fewer than 100-day battle with Pancreatic Cancer and until this year’s Purple Stride Walk on April 30, 2022. 1,370 days since a Husband, a Father, a Grampy, a Brother, an Uncle, a Friend, a Mentor, a Neighbor - has been gone.

The hole doesn’t get smaller, the grief doesn’t wane, and the heartbreak doesn’t lessen for any of us. The loss of someone who was loved like Larry was and still is, and who loved and lived like Larry Steffann did, never leaves us. However, we remember to keep his memory a blessing. Part of doing that is by “Striding on for Grampy” in the Annual PanCan Purple Stride Walk.

In 2018, Larry showed up at Purple Stride to watch my sister Lauren and I cross the finish line. This was the first time we would participate in the PanCan annual walk in support of Our Dad. He had just begun his fight against pancreatic cancer. The very first walk took place the morning following his very first chemo treatment. He still managed to dress up, show up and greet us with his support and his loving & larger than life smile as we crossed the finish line. If you knew Larry, this should come as no surprise.

This year, on April 30, 2022 we will walk our 5th walk (sigh) in Larry's Memory. We continue his fight of this incurable & calamitous disease, as we stride on with HOPE towards a CURE to end pancreatic cancer. 

Our goal for this year’s walk is $1,370: One dollar for each day that we couldn’t hug him, hold his hand, call him, hear him say ‘I love you,’ listen to his boisterous laugh, learn from him, make a memory with him or see that great big smile illuminate Grampy’s face.

All the donation raised by Team Striding on for Grampy will go directly to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. 

Loved Locals Friends & Co-Workers:

We’d be honored to have you register and join us on 4/30/22 in Raleigh for the walk. Text me for details 561-445-8818 & find out where to meet us on the NC State - Centennial Campus

Loved Out-of-Town Friends & Family: We’d be honored if you’d join us and take a short stroll on 4/30/22 in his memory.

Together, we can raised Our Goal Amount of $1370.00 as we continue to Stride on for Grampy 2022.

With gratitude,

The Steffann-Medlocks, The Primatos & “Grammy”


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About PanCAN's PurpleStride

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s (PanCAN) PurpleStride is a year-round national movement that funds life-changing programs and services to accelerate progress for pancreatic cancer patients.

On one powerful day through nearly 60 PurpleStride events nationwide, pancreatic cancer survivors, families, caregivers, researchers and supporters will join together to honor everyone affected by the disease.

PurpleStride is the number-one way PanCAN raises money to fight pancreatic cancer on all fronts — through research, clinical initiatives, patient services, advocacy and nationwide volunteer support. Learn more.