Local Information

Portland, OR

Contact Debra Mayer
Affiliate Coordinator

“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

Please check back periodically for upcoming affiliate events.

Local Highlights

Find us on Facebook!

Get more local news on Facebook!  Connect with the Portland Affiliate's Facebook page!

Portland Volunteers Meet with Congressman

Portland volunteers meet with Congressman Kurt Schrader at his office in Oregon City to discuss the Pancreatic Cancer Research & Education Act.

PurpleStride Portland 2015 a huge success!

PurpleStride Portland 2015 on November 7 was a huge success!


We had close to 1,000 participants join us at World Trade Center. Together we were able to raise over $167,000 for the fight against pancreatic cancer.


Thank you to the volunteers, sponsors and donors who made this success possible.

PurpleLight Portland 2013

Portland went purple on November 24, 2013 for PurpleLight National Vigil for Hope. Family and friends of those touched by pancreatic cancer came together to gain both comfort and encouragement by illuminating purple glow sticks as they heard their loved ones’ names read aloud. Joined by nearly 20,000 participants in more than 80 communities across the country, this marked the largest participation in PurpleLight history and helped kick off National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.

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 Portland Affiliate is looking to fill the following position:

Sponsorship Ambassador - Prospects, cultivates and stewards sponsorship and corporate team opportunities to benefit affiliate fundraising events.

To learn more about these volunteer leadership positions or the local effort in particular, please email Debra Mayer at dmayer@pancanvolunteer.org.  

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