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

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

Wage Hope to end pancreatic cancer

Hoeun Chung was an artist, a fighter, a teacher, a friend, a husband, a father. 

Hoeun was born in Korea in 1943. After being orphaned at a young age, he made his way through his early life alone, using his determination and love of art to guide him. As a young soldier in the Republic of Korea's Armed Forces, he was stationed in Saigon during the height of the Vietnam War. He immigrated to the United States in the 1970s, landing in New York City with no contacts and only $200 in his pocket. Over the next 40 years, he built a loving family and an illustrious career as a master portrait artist, garnering clients such as Nelson Mandela, Coretta Scott King and The King Center, the 14th Dalai Lama, President Jimmy Carter, Desmond Tutu, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Chris Tucker, George Busbee, Zell and Shirley Miller, Andrew Young, the Bruno Family, Morehouse College, JB Fuqua and Duke University, Samford University, Primerica, and countless other world icons, public figures, and entities. His portraits grace the walls of hundreds of homes, businesses, courthouses, chapels, concert halls, universities, and government buildings around the world.

Hoeun Chung was our artist, our fighter, our teacher, our friend, our husband, our dad.

He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2011 and his prognosis, like 74% of those diagnosed with the disease, and at the time, like 95% of those diagnosed at his stage, was only one year. With courage, strength, and his amazing sense of humor, he valiantly fought the disease - enduring a year of harsh chemotherapy, radiation, surgeries, and treatment, all the while continuing to paint and work on his art - and lived to proudly walk his eldest daughter down the aisle at her wedding in 2012.

He passed away in Atlanta, Georgia on August 11, 2012.

He is missed every single day.


Pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rate of all major cancers, at just 9%. This deadly disease has stolen our best and our brightest, but it can’t take away our determination. 

I’ve stepped up to Wage Hope at PurpleStride, the walk to end pancreatic cancer. Will you help me rewrite the future of this disease by making a donation today?

Every dollar that you give ensures that the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network can continue working to improve outcomes for pancreatic cancer patients and their families. By donating today, you are supporting vital efforts to double pancreatic cancer survival by 2020. Your dollars have been vital and EFFECTIVE in helping PanCAN truly make a difference in fighting this devastating disease! Your efforts have directly helped to fund our unique initiatives such as Know Your Tumor (molecular profiling of each individual patient's tumor to ensure the best treatment options for each patient's unique tumor) and our ground-breaking, newly FDA-approved, Precision Promise clinical trial platform -- the first of its kind in the world, which is not only changing the landscape of pancreatic cancer, but is setting a completely new approach and gold standard for all disease treatment! 

Purple ribbons aren’t enough. Please join me and Team Plaid Golf Cap in the fight today. 

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