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Central Florida

Contact Karen Sharkey
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

Central Florida Affiliate Meeting
Saturday, Jan 9, 2016
Oviedo Mall Community Room
1700 Oviedo Mall Blvd
Oviedo, FL 32817

Local Highlights

Central Florida PurpleLight 2015

Central Florida came together to honor, inspire and remember all those affected by pancreatic cancer at PurpleLight on March 1, 2015. Survivors, family and friends illuminated purple glow sticks as they heard their loved ones’ names read aloud, helping to light the night purple. Central Florida was joined by thousands of participants at more than 20 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.

PurpleStride Central Florida 2015 was a huge success!

PurpleStride Central Florida was an incredible day! Thank you so much to all of the volunteers, donors, participants and survivors that made the event a huge success.

Because of your efforts, we had more than 1,000 people participate and raised $106,000 for the fight against pancreatic cancer! We'd also like extend our gratitute to The Petrakis Family and Florida Hospital for being our presenting sponsor and for all of your help with this event. Thank you everyone!

Photos will be available soon at www.purplestride.org! Please continue to check back on our progress and send friends and family to donate at www.purplestride.org/centralflorida.

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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.

To learn more about the local effort in particular, or to sign up to volunteer, please email Karen Sharkey at ksharkey@pancanvolunteer.org.

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