• YES WE XAN 2017 PurpleStride Team

    YES WE XAN 2017 PurpleStride Team

Wage Hope to end pancreatic cancer

October 3, 2017: A HUGE THANK YOU to all 63 members of Team YES WE XAN who walked with us in the sunshine on September 23, 2017 and to the 100+ people who donated to the YES WE XAN team and raised money.  We joined over 1000 other PurpleStriders, of whom 34 were survivors....that ratio is what motivates us to work tirelessly to raise funds through PurpleStride PDX.  We are profoundly grateful to all of you for supporting the YES WE XAN team.  We raised $31,889, which was 64% of our fundraising goal.  In 2016, we raised $50,000 and we will work hard to reach that goal next year.  These funds we raise go directly to fund research for new therapies to help improve the survival rate.  Next year we hope to see more walkers and more importantly more survivors walking with us.  With your help we can make that a reality.  How do we know that our efforts can increase survival rates? We know this because since the breast cancer community started the Making Strides fundraising walks 20 years ago, the rate of deaths from breast cancer has declined by 32%.  Let's do the same for pancreatic cancer.

With profound gratitude,

Xan and his family

August 30, 2017:It is with a heavy heart that we update the YES WE XAN team page today. To all who have donated to the 2017 YE WE XAN team, thank you.  To all who have been touched by Xan, we hope you will make a contribution, regardless of size, to demonstrate your support for Xan, Sara and their son as they commence Round 3. 

Xan and I appreciate everything you have done for us, and we are thankful for all of your love and support.

Xan's Post from July 2017:


In November 2014, I was diagnosed with Stage 3 pancreatic cancer.  I was 29 years old.  After embarking on a clinical trial that combined standard of care chemo, radiation, surgery, and more chemo, with an experimental immunotherapy agent, we thought I was in the clear.

I was not.  A year in, and just 5 weeks shy of completing the clinical trial, we found the disease had spread to my liver, and was now Stage 4.  I will live with this for the rest of my life, the question is just how long that will be.

I’m aiming for decades.

After spending all of 2016 in aggressive chemotherapy, I am now considered "no evidence of disease."  It took a massive effort to get me here, with absolutely critical services provided by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network,and the research and programs that they sponsor.

Your donation to PurpleStride makes real progress toward treatment advances, and hopefully a cure, for this horrible disease.  I am one of the very few who has made it this far, and every day I continue to fight (I’m composing this message while in a hyperbaric chamber). 

So if you can join us on September 24 in Portland for the event, we welcome you.  If you’re able to make a donation, no matter how much, we thank you profusely.  Help us make my reality a reality for others.  It’s along road, and it can’t be traveled alone.

Thank you

Xan Harwood-Karlik

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