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Raleigh-Durham, NC

Contact Robby Thomas
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 Raleigh-Durham 2015 - Register today!
Saturday, May 16, 2015
North Carolina State University - Centennial Campus
, NC

Local Highlights

Out and About!

Raleigh-Durham volunteers host a booth at the Carolina Hurricanes Fight Cancer night.
From left: Liz Johnson, CBS weatherman Greg Fischel, Jackie Woodcock, Carol Birney and Eileen Welsh.

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PurpleStride Raleigh-Durham 2014

PurpleStride Raleigh-Durham 2014 was a huge success! We had more than 1,600 participants show up to run or walk to fight pancreatic cancer.  Together, we raised more than $212,000 to support the fight! 

Thank you to our survivors, friends and family, volunteers, donors, sponsors and special guests.  And special thanks to Melanie Sanders for emceeing the event and joining the fight.

Visit www.purplestride.org/raleighdurham to track our progress, see race results and view event photos.



PurpleLight Raleigh-Durham 2013!

Raleigh-Durham went purple on October 27, 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.

Strider Story: Team Jerry

In January of 2013, Jerry Harris, wonderful husband and father, passed of pancreatic cancer only ten weeks after being diagnosed. While still in shock, his wife, Jean, and daughter, Judy, knew that they had to find some way to fight this horrible disease. 

When Judy saw a volunteer ad for PurpleStride Raleigh-Durham in the North Raleigh paper, she and her mother decided to start Team Jerry lead by Jean as the team captain.  At PurpleStride 2013, Team Jerry was one of the top ten teams and Jean was in the top three fundraisers. Jean and Judy's success at PurpleStride gave them a great feeling knowing that they had done something tangible to fight the disease.

 When it was time to start planning for PurpleStride 2014, Jean and Judy joined the planning committee as the Team Chair and Volunteer Chair. Jean also worked in the background sponsoring team challenges, helping with the team area, as well as planning course logistics. Team Jerry was joined by Glenaire Retirement Center’s Wellness Program and the team grew to 25 members and raised an impressive $7,220!

Thank you Team Jerry for your support in the fight against pancreatic cancer. We look forward to seeing Team Jerry at PurpleStride Raleigh-Durham in May 2015!


Judy and Jean


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 Raleigh-Durham Affiliate is currently looking to fill the following roles:

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 the local effort in particular, or to sign up to volunteer, please email Robby Thomas at rthomas@pancanvolunteer.org.

Together, we can know it, fight it, and end it!

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