This will be the seventh year for us to have a team in honor of Victoria Winkler, who was diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer in April of 2016. Vicki was in a clinical trial and her tumor shrunk enough to make her a surgical candidate. After her extensive surgery on May 1, 2018, her lymph nodes and all surrounding surgical margins were declared clear of cancer! Vicki recovered from surgery and enjoyed several blissful months with no chemo. At her October 2018 CT scan, she received the disappointing news that her cancer had returned. In November 2018 she had to resume chemotherapy and had infusions every two weeks. She endured more than 50 chemo sessions with grace and grit. But in 2019 the cancer progressed and Vicki was referred to Sarah Cannon Cancer Center in Nashville, IN. After two unsuccessful trials there, she received hospice care at home. On March 12, 2020 Vicki lost her valiant battle to this dreadful disease and is now our angel.
Throughout the four years that Vicki battled pancreatic cancer, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) served as a valuable source of information about treatment options, side effects, nutrition, etc. During her difficult journey, Vicki kept her positive attitude, sense of humor, and relied on her strong faith. She continues to be an inspiration to her family and friends who gather each year at PurpleStride to honor her and to raise funds so others with pancreatic cancer will have better outcomes.
Vicki's PurpleStride team is named "Victory for Victoria". The 5K walk will be held in White River Park in Indianapolis on Saturday, April 29, 2023. Please make a donation to our team or register to be a team member. To become a team member simple click the 'JOIN' or 'JOIN THIS TEAM' button on this page and complete your registration. Registration is free. If you raise $50, you will receive an event t-shirt. When you join the team, I will email you important updates.
To donate online, simply click the 'DONATE' or 'DONATE TO THIS TEAM' button on this page and use your credit card to donate. You will receive a receipt via email. Please make your online donations by April 28, 2023 so they will count towards our team total.
If you'd rather mail a check, write your check to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. You can mail it in directly by downloading a printable donation form. (See the 'Download Printable Donation Form' button below.) Please mail form to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network by April 14, 2023. To complete the paper form: write Indianapolis PurpleStride after "Event Name"; write Victory for Victoria Team after "Donating To". Make check payable to: Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. If you donate $25 or more you will receive a receipt via email or letter.
Let's honor Vicki by helping others battling this disease!
Please contact me, Jenny Bivans, with any questions: email@example.com or text or call 317-771-2782. My address is 4541 Greenthread Ct., Zionsville, IN 46077. I'd be happy to help you.