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Omaha, NE

Contact Candace Hanway
Affiliate Chair

“I feel strongly that it's my mission to be an advocate, a voice, because so many pancreatic cancer patients don't get the opportunity to do so. So many wonderful people have come into my life, whom I never would have met otherwise. It fills my heart with joy when new volunteers say ‘I want to become part of this group, and make a difference, like you are!’ Our affiliate has made an impact building awareness, fund raising, and equally important, creating a real community for survivors, families and friends.”

   - Maija, seven-year survivor and volunteer

Local Events

PurpleStride Omaha 2016
Saturday, Jul 30, 2016
Stinson Park
2285 S 67th Street
Omaha, NE 68106

Local Highlights

St. Leos Knights of Columbus

The Omaha Affiliate accepted donations for kolaches (Czech pastry) in May and raised over $900!

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Nebraska Advocates Meet with Members of Congress

Sue Wright, of the Omaha Affiliate, and her four children (DJ, Joe, Scott and Brianna), joined forces with Jerry and Douglas Varner of Lincoln, NE and Cheryl and Natalie Bottolfson of Crofton, NE at the 5th Annual Advocacy Day on June 14.  While in Washington, D.C., the group met with U.S. Senators Ben Nelson and Mike Johanns as well as Representative Lee Terry regarding the Pancreatic Cancer Research & Education Act (S. 362/H.R. 733).

We are proud to announce that Rep. Terry became a co-sponsor of the Bill the very next day! Please visit the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network's Action Center to send a thank you message to Rep. Terry.

Omaha Advocacy Coordinator, Sue Wright, with her four children.

PurpleStride Omaha 2015

Your time and efforts, volunteering, fundraising and raising awareness truly contributed to our mission to Wage Hope for all those affected by pancreatic cancer.

The event had over 1,100 participants and raised over $140,000 for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Thank you for all of your support!

PurpleLight Omaha 2014

Omaha came together to honor, inspire and remember all those affected by pancreatic cancer at PurpleLight on October 26, 2014. Survivors, family and friends illuminated purple glow sticks as they heard their loved ones’ names read aloud, helping to light the night purple. Omaha was joined by thousands of participants at more than 45 PurpleLight events across the country, bringing solidarity, comfort and hope to the pancreatic cancer community.

Photos will be posted at www.purplelight.org when they are available.


There are many ways you can support the local fight and join other friendly volunteers committed to fighting pancreatic cancer. Whether you have ten minutes or are looking for a more extensive commitment, we have a role for you. Our volunteers focus on several key areas: raising general awareness, media, education and outreach to healthcare professionals, advocacy and fundraising and awareness events. Learn more.

The Omaha Affiliate is looking to fill the following volunteer position(s): 

PurpleLight Chair - Leads the effort to plan and coordinate the local affiliate’s PurpleLight event to help create awareness and honor those facing pancreatic cancer. 

To learn more, please email Affiliate Chair Candace Hanway at chanway@pancanvolunteer.org for more information.

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