Julie Fleshman discussing PurpleStride One Big Celebration

PanCAN President and CEO Julie Fleshman, JD, MBA hosted the evening’s event.

Last month we hosted One Big Celebration, a salute to you and all you have done to make PanCAN PurpleStride a success.

PanCAN President and CEO Julie Fleshman, JD, MBA hosted this magical event which featured photos, videos and stories of Striders like you coming together in communities across the country on One Big Day.

A common thread that ran through the stories of the Striders featured? How sharing your story is a the most powerful tool you have to raise funds to end pancreatic cancer.

Survivor Art Taylor, who was diagnosed with stage 3 pancreatic cancer in August 2020, was featured with his with Elaine. Art credits sharing his story with family and friends with helping him raise more than $200,000 for PanCAN. Art and Elaine matched every gift dollar-for-dollar to become the number one fundraising team in the country.

PanCAN is proud to share the top 10 fundraising teams in the country:

  1. Team Taylor
  2. Cedars-Sinai Whipplers
  3. Team Andra
  4. Team Becker
  5. Love for Lauren V
  6. Team Screen
  7. Trek Against Pancreatic Cancer
  8. Team Exceptional
  9. PancreADDICTS
  10. Sue and Peter’s Striders

The event also featured Dov Karlin. Dov proves that determination pays off. Though still in high school, Dov fundraised for PanCAN PurpleStride Atlanta to honor his grandmother who passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2015. He shared that it’s important to keep asking.

“Just because someone doesn’t respond to an email, it doesn’t mean ‘no.’ It means to keep trying,” Dov said.

At time of publication, Dov had raised more than $50,000. Talk about persistence!

PanCAN is proud to share the top 10 participants in the country based on dollars raised:

  1. Nicholas Nissen
  2. Art Taylor
  3. Tracey Early
  4. Dov Karlin
  5. Bernie Friedman
  6. Barbara Palazzola
  7. Susan Popik
  8. Steven Kole
  9. Babak Eghbalieh
  10. Richard Ingwersen
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The celebration continued with heartfelt stories from Ashley Tanchak, PurpleStride chair for New Jersey, and Samantha Cass, PurpleStride chair for Rhode Island. Both lost their fathers to disease and dedicate their time so other families don’t have to go through what they did.

Eight-year survivor Robert Duran shared his inspiring story, which he says was the main reason for his fundraising success. Besides being a patient, Robert has lost friends to the disease, so he feels “deeply connected to the cause,” he said. You can read more about Robert and his incredible story here.

The evening’s program closed out with a touching message from PanCAN Founder Pamela Acosta Marquardt reminding you how grateful she and PanCAN are for everything you do to help patients not only survive, but thrive.

One Big Celebration took place only three days after PanCAN PurpleStride Louisville, and we’re thrilled to share these pictures from their exciting day! Let’s help PurpleStride Louisville get to goal! Make a donation to PurpleStride Louisville or any of our 60 events to keep the momentum going.

Twenty people in purple shirts posing outside at PanCAN PurpleStride Louisville 2022
PanCAN PurpleStride Louisville 2022

A sea of people walking ahead in purple shirts at PanCAN PurpleStride Louisville 2022
PanCAN PurpleStride Louisville 2022

By participating in PanCAN PurpleStride, you are creating a world in which all patients with pancreatic cancer will thrive – we’re incredibly grateful.

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