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PurpleStride Chicago 2017

Wage Hope at PurpleStride. The walk to end pancreatic cancer.

Event Information

Event Schedule | Venue Information | Route Map | Registration Information | Volunteer Information | Team Information | Packet Pick Up | Special Guests | Contact Information

Join us for PurpleStride Chicago to help us make strides against pancreatic cancer at our 5K run and 1.5 mile family-friendly walk. Enjoy a day filled with children's activities, music, refreshments, our ShopPurple store, and more!

Event Schedule

Saturday, 04/29/2017

Registration Opens 7:00 a.m.
Opening Ceremonies 8:30 a.m.
5K Run and 1.5 Mile Walk Begins 9:00 a.m.
5K Run Course Closes 9:50 a.m.

Venue Information

Soldier Field is our brand new venue for 2017!
Soldier Field: 1410 Museum Campus Dr, Chicago, IL, 60605

PS16 Route Map Icon

The 5K course is for runners only. There will be a hard close of the 5K route at 9:50am. A 1.5 mile route has been designed for all walkers. Thank you for your understanding.

The event village map can be found here!

Strollers and Wheelchairs welcome!
The routes are along the paved running/biking Lakefront Trail. While there are no vehicles on this trail system, it is open to the public and is popular with joggers & cyclists. Please be courteous to other runners, walkers, and cyclists by staying on your right, especially if you are accompanied by children and/or have strollers.
We all love animals, but for safety and liability reasons, pets are not allowed at Pancreatic Cancer Action Network events. Thank you.

Parking Information

Soldier Field parking can be found just south of the field. The entrance is off of 18th Drive/Museum Campus Drive.

Parking on site is $20 per vehicle, but we encourage public transit and carpooling whenever possible!

Another option for our participants is to use the parking reservation app SpotHero - they are offering the promo code PURPLESTRIDE for 5% off AND for every use, SpotHero will donate $5 to PurpleStride Chicago!*
To reserve a parking spot today, visit the Soldier Field SpotHero Parking Page and book a spot with rates up to 50% off drive-up. Booking is also possible through the SpotHero iPhone & Android apps.

*Please note, this applies to first-time SpotHero users only

Public Transit

If you'd prefer to take public transit, the following are nearby stops/lines:
18th Street Metra Station
Roosevelt station for the Green/Orange/Red CTA lines
Walk 20 minutes
Or transfer to the 130/146 bus to Soldier Field & Field Museum stop

Registration Information

  Pre-Event Event Day
Survivor FREE FREE
Adult Untimed $30 $35
Adult Timed $35 $40
Youth Untimed $10 $15
Youth Timed $15 $20
Virtual Strider FREE N/A
Volunteer FREE FREE

Youth registration is for ages 3-12. Children ages 2 and under are not required to register.

Click here to register for the event online.

Please note - your registration fee will count towards your personal fundraising total. You will receive a registration confirmation via email with tax information for your records. Please note, registration fees are not tax-deductible.

Click here (PDF) to download the PurpleStride Chicago registration form. To register by mail, send this form to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network address listed on the form.

If you would like a personal fundraising page, be sure to include your email address on the registration form.

Online Registration Deadline
Registration will still be available at the event and at packet pick up.
Wed., 04/26/2017 at 7:00p.m. CT
Mail-in Registration Deadline
Mail Registration must be received by this date to be processed in time for the event.
Fri., 04/21/2017
T-shirt Deadline
Registration must be processed by this date in order to guarantee an event T-shirt.
Sun., 04/09/2017

Volunteer Information

Click here to register as a volunteer. You can start a team, join a team, or join as an individual. This will not affect your volunteer assignment on event day. Starting or joining a team will simply allow you to fundraise for the event as part of a team of your friends and family. Look for an email from the Volunteer Chair with instructions on how to sign up for your volunteer assignment!

To view more details on how to volunteer for PurpleStride Chicago or to get involved in the Chicago area, please click here.


Team Benefits

Top Three Teams Top Ten Teams Elite Team
($20,000 raised)
Passion Team
($10,000 raised)
Team Name on Event Home Page
Updated in real-time based on online donations.
Team Name on Back of Event T-Shirt
Top teams as of Sun., 04/09/2017
Certificate Presented on Stage at Event Opening Ceremonies
Top teams as of Fri., 04/28/2017
Inclusion in Post-Event Thank you Emails
Top teams as of 24 hours before email is sent.
VIP Team Tent with Banner
Team must reach Elite level by Sun., 04/16/2017 at 11:59 p.m. to receive this benefit.
Special Giveaway on Event Day
Team must reach Elite level by Sun., 04/16/2017 at 11:59 p.m. to receive this benefit.
Team Sign
Teams must reach Passion/Elite level by Sun., 04/16/2017 at 11:59 p.m. to receive this benefit.
Access to Passion Team Area
Team must reach Passion level by Sun., 04/16/2017 at 11:59 p.m. to receive this benefit.

To access additional team resources and view all teams, visit Team Central.

Packet Pickup

Beat registration lines on event day by picking up your T-shirt and inviting friends and family to register before prices increase at the event!

Road Runner Sports - Wilmette
3232 Lake Ave
              Thursday, April 27
3-7 p.m.
Road Runner Sports - Naperville
2555 W 75th Street
              Friday, April 28
1-6 p.m.

There will be a discount on-site for $10 off a $30 purchase or 25% off for VIP members!

If you are a team captain and would like to pick up for your entire team (of 5 or more and for all team members, no partial teams) please RSVP by clicking HERE. If you don’t RSVP but would like to pick up for team, you may do so, but there may be a 15-20 minute wait while we prep your items. If you decide to pick up for your entire team, we encourage you to let your team members know so there isn’t any confusion about picking up their items!

Special Guests

Corey McPherring Emcee

Corey McPherrin

Thank you to Fox 32’s Good Day Chicago co-anchor Corey McPherrin for joining the fight against pancreatic cancer as event Emcee!

Corey McPherrin was born and raised in Chicago's South suburbs where he dreamed of one day becoming a sportscaster in his home town. Corey started his broadcasting career in Davenport, Iowa in 1977. He also worked as a sports broadcaster in Quincy, Illinois, New Orleans and Atlanta. While in Atlanta Corey received an Emmy in 1984 as "Outstanding News Performer" in the state of Georgia.

Before his return to Chicago, Corey served as the primary sportscaster at WABC-TV in New York for seven years (1984-91). During his time in New York, Corey also contributed to ABC Sports as a college football play-by- play announcer and reporter for the sports anthology show "Wide World of Sports." In 1991 Corey came home to Chicago when he assumed sports anchor duties at WBBM-TV.

In 1995, Corey moved to Fox Chicago, where today he co-anchors the morning news broadcast, "Good Day Chicago." Previously, Corey served as the sports anchor for "Fox Chicago News at Nine" and also co-hosted the Bears pre-game show "Fox Kickoff Sunday" and the Sunday night sports wrap-up show, "The Final Word." Corey's earned five Emmy awards during his 16 years at Fox Chicago.

Corey is a 1977 graduate of Butler University where he serves as a member of the school's board of trustees.

Paul Grippo Honorary Chair PS17 Chicago

Paul Grippo, PhD

Associate Professor, Dept. Gastroenterology & Hepatology, University of Illinois at Chicago

Dr. Paul Grippo received his PhD in Animal Health and Biomedical Sciences from the University of Wisconsin in 2000. Currently, he is Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago in the Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Dr. Grippo has an outstanding team of dedicated young scientists whose primary research interests focus on the role of fat, inflammation, and fibrosis on pancreatic cancer through contributions from certain cell signaling cascades including Kras, AKT/PI3K, TGF and PEDF (Pigment Epithelium-Derived Factor).

Working with mouse models of pancreatic cancer for over twenty years, Dr. Grippo continues to generate new models in an effort to further understanding disease progression. In addition to his contributions as a researcher, he has been a volunteer with the Chicago Affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network since 2002, which has brought him face-to-face with pancreatic cancer patients, survivors, and their families.

Since receiving the Nancy Daly Riordan Career Development Award from the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in 2007, Dr. Grippo has received numerous invitations to present at professional conferences and to participate in research collaborations.

Dr. Grippo and his research team believe their work, along with those from other esteemed colleagues, will eventually reflect in longer life with better quality for those at risk for or diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

PS17_Chicago Dr Gnerlich Honorary Chair

Jennifer Gnerlich, MD

Surgical Oncology, Assistant Professor, Loyola Medicine

Dr. Jennifer Gnerlich is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Loyola University Medical Center. She is board certified in Complex General Surgical Oncology and General Surgery. Her focus is on upper GI and HPB (liver, pancreas, bile duct, and gallbladder) diseases.

Dr. Gnerlich specializes in the surgical treatment of pancreatic cancer with the Whipple procedure (pancreaticoduodenectomy) and also performs minimally invasive surgeries for pancreatic and gastric cancer.

In addition, she operates on retroperitoneal sarcomas and is trained in HIPEC procedures (hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy) for carcinomatosis from colon cancer, appendiceal cancer, or peritoneal mesothelioma.

Dr. Gnerlich graduated with honors from the University of Chicago's Pritzker School of Medicine and completed a 7-year general surgery residency at Washington University in St. Louis (Barnes-Jewish Hospital). She then completed a 3-year fellowship in surgical oncology at the University of Chicago Medical Center. She has been extensively involved in research during her training and has authored 16 peer-reviewed papers and 4 book chapters. She recently was awarded the Society of Surgical Oncology's Annual Resident/Fellow Essay Award for Best Basic Science/Translational Research Paper.

PS17_Chicago_Honorary Chair Manish

Manish R. Sharma, MD

Medical Oncology and Clinical Pharmacologist, Assistant professor, University of Chicago Medicine

Dr. Manish Sharma is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago. He is board certified in Medical Oncology and Clinical Pharmacology. He focuses on gastrointestinal cancers, with a particular focus on the development of novel therapies for previously untreated and previously treated cancers.

Dr. Sharma is the principal investigator on more than 10 active clinical trials, including ones for patients with cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer), colorectal cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma (liver cancer), and pancreatic cancer. He leads several phase I trials for patients with advanced solid tumors in the Developmental Therapeutics Clinic. He is the lead investigator for a national clinical trial (open at 8 sites) of FOLFIRABRAX, a novel combination for previously untreated patients with pancreatic cancer and other advanced gastrointestinal cancers, which is featured on the PanCan Clinical Trial Finder.

Dr. Sharma graduated with honors from the University of Michigan Medical School. He completed a 3-year internal medicine residency at the University of California-San Francisco (UCSF), followed by a year as chief medical resident at UCSF. He then completed a 4-year combined fellowship in Hematology/Oncology and Clinical Pharmacology & Pharmacogenomics at the University of Chicago before joining the faculty at the University of Chicago in 2012. He is an active researcher, having authored more than 15 peer-reviewed papers. He is also an NIH-funded investigator, with a career development award to develop tools that can predict drug effects in cancer patients based on their unique genetic makeup.

PS17_Chicago_Honorary Chair Wiebe

Lauren A. Wiebe, MD

Palliative Medicine, Medical Oncology, Internal Medicine, NorthShore University HealthSystem

Dr. Lauren Wiebe is a Medical Oncologist and Palliative Medicine Physician with the NorthShore University HealthSystem. With her rigorous training in both medical oncology and palliative medicine, she tailors recommendations from the day of diagnosis based on a patient's personal hopes and values. Her clinical and research specialties are the holistic care of patients with advanced gastrointestinal cancers—particularly aggressive symptom management, quality of life and shared decision-making.

In her practice, Dr. Wiebe treats the following patient conditions: Pancreas Cancer, Biliary Tract Cancers, Carcinoid Cancer, GI Neuroendocrine Cancer, and Hepatocellular Carcinoma.

Dr. Wiebe graduated from Harvard College in 2000 and the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons in 2004. She completed her Residency and Medical Oncology Fellowship at the University of Chicago Hospitals in 2007 and 2009, respectively. She completed an additional Fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and University of Chicago in 2010.

Contact Information

General Event Information: Morgan Kingsland, mkingsland@pancanvolunteer.org

Sponsorship Opportunities: Jane Ehrenstrom, jehrenstrom@pancanvolunteer.org

Media Opportunities: Frank De Seno, fdeseno@pancanvolunteer.org

In-Kind Inquiries: Morgan Kingsland, mkingsland@pancanvolunteer.org

Teams Contact: Tori Luke, chicago_teams@pancanvolunteer.org

Volunteer Inquiries: Ashley and Bill Muscat, pschicago@pancanvolunteer.org

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