When I see the purple violets appear, I know PurpleStride will be here before I know it.
As you know, I lost my sister, Marykate Ducharme Sawyer, at age 43 in October 2007 to pancreatic cancer. I know there is not a day that my family does not miss her immensely. This October will be the eleventh anniversary of our loss. Kate had a profound impact on our lives with her generous spirit, her HUGE heart especially with her family, her amazing teaching skills, her quick wit, and her fantastic sense of humor.
PurpleStride is the main fundraising event, a 5K timed run or 2-mile family-friendly walk, for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. This organization works hard to provide current pancreatic cancer patients with help and resources along with funding research efforts with donations from PurpleStrides across the county.
Last year for the 10th anniversary of her death, my sister along with my nephew (Kate's child), my niece, and a dear friend joined my family as Team MK. It was the largest team we have ever had. It was truly special to share the moments with them. I am grateful for those memories.
PurpleStride in Milwaukee will be held on Sunday, June 3, 2018 at Miller Park, home of the Milwaukee Brewers. Same-day registration opens at 8 am Central time and the run/walk begins at 9:30 am Central time. We would love to add more members to Team MK, so if you would like to take part, please contact me. You can register online and register by May 13, 2018 to guarantee an event T-shirt.
If you would like to donate to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, please click on the TEAM MK webpage.