I’m striding this year in memory of my dad, COY BURK, who was taken by this cruel cancer in November 2013. Much of my father’s life was about service to others and helping those in need. Including when he bravely participated in a clinical trial to advance research in helping others afflicted with this terrible disease. In that vein, this year again, I will be serving as the "Teams Ambassador" for the event. I am thankful for PurpleStride and this opportunity to get involved, make a difference and to continue to honor my dad in the spirit of service to others.
I will also be striding for a friend, DEBBIE LEITNER. She was a brave and courageous FIGHTER but sadly passed on January 25, 2018. I invite her friends and family to join in striding in her memory and for her boys - to see just how much she is loved.
We strive to change the fact that pancreatic cancer sadly has only a 9% 5-year survival rate, the 3rd leading cause of cancer death and is projected to move to the 2nd leading cause by 2020, if not before.
It is the goal of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PANCAN) to double the survival rate by 2020 and STOP this cancer in its tracks.