2019 was our first year participating as Team SHOCKSTRONG, in honor of Ed Shock. We were beyond humbled by the donations and ever-growing roster of participants. As you will read below, Ed, and we as a family, have been involved with PanCAN and the PurpleStride since 2017, with Ed as a three-time participant throughout his fight - including having worn the coveted SURVIVOR shirts. Now, more than ever, we are determined to continue fighting this disease and honoring Ed in our support of PANCAN's mission.
Since then, we launched the annual Ed Shock Get Off Your Wallet for Pancreatic Cancer Memorial Golf Outing in 2020, as our flagship fundraiser for the PurpleStride. As of the 2022 PurpleStride, Team SHOCKSTRONG has donated over $25,000 to PanCAN.
Our 2022 Golf Outing was a great success, kicking off our 2023 PurpleStride campaign with over $4,000. We look forward to striding in April and are grateful for your support towards our goal:
Ed would have been turning 60 in 2023, so with the big 6-0 in mind, we will be setting our initial 2023 team goal at $6,000.
Edward D. Shock
10/31/1963 - 3/10/2019
When Ed became a member of a club that no one wants to join, in January 2017, we had 200 #SHOCKSTRONG wristbands made to make sure he knew he had a strong team behind him. In response, his wife Therese said "there aren't 200 people that like him!" Well, with the wristbands long gone, that team of 200 continues to channel Ed for strength and inspiration.
After a successful Whipple surgery that February from his team at Johns Hopkins, along with an immunotherapy clinical trial and advanced cyber-knife radiation, THAT June Ed was proudly wearing one of the far-too-rare white SURVIVOR shirts at the Washington, DC PurpleStride - ONE WEEK out of the hospital. Over the next two years he continued his fight as the cancer returned, trying every treatment possible including proton radiation therapy and chemotherapy. Ed was a three-time PurpleStride participant, between DC and Maryland, proudly wearing his SURVIVOR gear at each race.
Throughout his battle, Ed made no excuses and was a PurpleStride PARTICIPANT at each one he attended. If you are unable to Stride with us, we ask that you contribute towards our goal as we participate on Ed's behalf. PanCAN is a resourceful and determined organization. As an organization, PanCAN has a 4-Star (out of 4) rating from Charity Navigator; the dollars go to the mission.