Raised: $126,959.83 Goal: $121,000.00

PurpleStride Iowa 2017

PurpleStride Iowa 2017 was a powerful and inspiring day. Thanks to all of our amazing participants and teams, we have some fantastic news to share — we have met and surpassed our initial fundraising goal of $121,000! Together, we've raised over $126,000! Thank you for all of your support!

PurpleStride walks are among the largest sources of funding for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. When you Wage Hope at PurpleStride, you join a vibrant community of survivors, impacted families, loved ones, researchers and advocates committed to rewriting the future of this deadly disease. Learn more.

Raccoon River Park
2500 Grand Avenue
West Des Moines, IA 50265

Event Contact
Michelle Wallace


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About PurpleStride 

PurpleStride is one of the largest sources of funding for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

Through fundraisers across the country we are able to make strides to advance research, continue to serve more and more patients, and be the leading provider of pancreatic cancer services and information in the world. Learn more.

Scientific Research

Scientific Research

We push research forward through our nationally acclaimed grants program and clinical initiatives.

Patient Services

Patient Services

We connect patients with the latest treatment options and provide in-depth disease information.

Government Advocacy

Government Advocacy

We advocate for legislative support from Congress to increase federal research funding.

Community Engagement

Community Engagement

We lead and activate communities across the globe for our cause.

Strider Stories 

It was by pure chance that I went to the emergency room one day in May. Who knew what I thought was “gas pain” would change my life forever.

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In 1989, Todd Horne lost his mother to the disease. Then in 2015, Todd was diagnosed with stage II pancreatic cancer.

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We stride because it's what "Papa Z" would have done. Creating Team Papa Z has been one of the best decisions I've ever made.

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Event Updates 
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Keep up with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network's Des Moines Affiliate. Follow and like our page on Facebook for the latest news, events, and updates. Follow the Des Moines Affiliate on Facebook.

To find more volunteer opportunities, visit our Volunteer page for further details and info on getting involved. Learn more.


The Des Moines Affiliate's Media Relations Chair, Melinda Thach, gave a stellar interview with our gold media sponsor, Local 5, on why fundraising and awareness are so important for pancreatic cancer research as well as new info on signs and symptoms of the disease. View the full video here.

Race Results

Results from PurpleStride Iowa's timed 5K can be found through the following link. Click here.

We Are Iowa Spotlight

We Are Iowa featured PurpleStride as a featured story on their website! Follow the link here for the full coverage and video.

Event Photos

Photos from PurpleStride Iowa 2017 will be uploaded to Flickr and linked on the Event Photos page. Photos will be uploaded when available and can be viewed through the following link. Click here.

We stride to make sure that other people have a chance, because a five year survival rate of 9 percent is unacceptable and because it's what "Papa Z" would have done.

Allison Zalesny, PurpleStride Fundraiser