Steely Dave

  • Steely Dave finished in the top 3 teams in 2019

    Steely Dave finished in the top 3 teams in 2019

Steely Dave


Raised: $394

Goal: $5,000

Welcome to our team fundraising page!

Since 2016, Team Steely Dave has been raising money in support of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) by participating in PurpleStride San Diego. We are co-captained by Claire Caraska and Michelle Butler. Here's why we walk:

"I walk in honor and memory of my dad, David Caraska, who passed away from pancreatic cancer at age 62 on Feb. 7, 2015, just one year, eight months and seven days from his diagnosis. Our team name is in honor of my dad's love of the band Steely Dan and an homage to his fantasy football team name (Steely Dave). I miss him dearly, and I want to do all that I can to help support research efforts for early detection and treatment so that others do not have to suffer what he went through, and other families don't have to experience the devastating loss that my family and I have." -Claire

"I walk to honor my dad, David Butler, a three-and-a-half-year and counting survivor of pancreatic cancer. When he was first diagnosed, we reached out to our friend, Claire, who connected us to PanCAN and shared resources with our family. These resources ultimately guided our treatment team decision. Through the process of initial chemotherapy, surgery, additional chemotherapy, and more chemotherapy and radiation after a diagnosed reoccurrence this past January, PanCAN has been a vital resource. From webinars, information on clinical trials, and stories of hope, to their critical funding of advocacy and continued research for treatment of this disease, PanCAN has been a lifeline. Our family is incredibly grateful to team Steely Dave, PanCAN, and you, our friends and family, for your continued support and advocacy at every step of this walk." -Michelle

Pancreatic cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S., and the cancer with the lowest survival rate (five-year survival rate is 10%).

It is estimated that more than 60,000 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the U.S. this year, and approximately 72% of patients will die in the first year of diagnosis. You can help change these statistics.

By making a tax-deductible donation to our team, you are supporting scientific research, government advocacy, patient services and community awareness. 

Thank you so much for helping us to Wage Hope for the thousands of individuals affected by pancreatic cancer.

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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.