Robin Schroeder loves to be active, but when she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2020, she felt like she could no longer enjoy her beloved pastimes such as running and yoga. Today she has successfully completed her first marathon since surgery and is back to her active lifestyle, and now uses her passion for running to spread awareness for pancreatic cancer.
This November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month 2023! For these 30 days, the entire pancreatic cancer community is banding together to put pancreatic cancer at the forefront of the hearts and minds of people all over the world.
All funds donated here this World Pancreatic Cancer Day will go towards Early Detection Initiatives
Pancreatic cancer has a 12% survival rate, largely because it is often detected in late stages. However, when discovered earlier, survival rates tend to be higher. There are currently no early detection methods, but our goal is to change that – to save lives. If you donate here, all funds will go towards early detection research.
Double Your Impact: Up to the first $5,000 will be matched!
Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month Events
Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month Turkey Trot
Thanksgiving Weekend Nov. 23-26 | Worldwide
Before you start your Thanksgiving celebrations, hit the street virtually with Project Purple to raise awareness for pancreatic cancer. This virtual turkey trot is a 5k run or 1-mile walk that you can perform from anywhere in the world – whether that means from your local neighborhood, your treadmill, or even your city/town Turkey Trot 5k! We recommend running on a team with friends and family but you can fly solo as well. Click here to sign up or learn more about this event!
With your signup, you’ll get our awesome Turkey Trot shirt. More fundraising reward details are available on the event page as well. You can join our Turkey Trot Facebook group to stay in touch with the community and receive announcements.
World Pancreatic Cancer Day
Thursday, Nov. 16, 2023 | Worldwide
We want to see a sea of purple both in-person and on social media in celebration of everyone who has faced this disease on World Pancreatic Cancer Day. We ask that you:
- Wear your purple on November 16.
- Post your outfit on social media using #projectpurple and #worldpancreaticcancerday.
- Share why you’re wearing purple in your post.
- Tag @projectpurple and we may share your post!
- On platforms where links are shareable, share the link to this page. You can let everyone know their donation to this page will go to early detection research.
The more people who post their purple, the greater the awareness of our mission will be! Don’t have any purple to wear? Click here to visit our store!
Recruiting For Run Teams – You can run the 5 biggest marathons in the world with Project Purple
Year-round | Various locations including Boston, New York, Chicago, London, And Berlin
Project Purple has recently become an official charity partner of the Boston Marathon, making us one of only two charities at all five of the world’s biggest marathons. With this new milestone, we have come an incredibly long way from our first small running team in 2010. Whether you are pursuing your 6 stars (5 of which can be earned through Project Purple Run teams) or the thrilling atmosphere, Project Purple can help you accomplish your physical goals all while raising funds for pancreatic cancer research and patient financial aid. Click here to view our full events page!
Charity Pickleball Classic
Nov. 11 | Oxford Pickleball – Oxford, CT
It’s pickleball for a world without pancreatic cancer! Join us for a day of pickleball, music, food, and fun- all for pancreatic cancer research and patient financial aid. This event is open to players of all skill levels so everyone can play. All divisions will be teams of two. When signing up, feel free to create a team, join your friend’s team, or just sign up as an individual and we will assign you a partner! You may bring your own equipment, but don’t worry, we will have pickleball paddles for you to borrow for free! Sign up or learn more here!
More information about Project Purple
Project Purple is a non-profit organization empowering the fight against pancreatic cancer. Our unwavering commitment is fueled by the pursuit of raising awareness, driving crucial research, and providing aid for patients who are battling this disease.
Since our founding in 2010, we’ve been leading the charge, pioneering advancements, and bringing hope to those affected by pancreatic cancer.
We understand the toll pancreatic cancer takes on individuals, families, and communities, and we remain committed to fighting this disease until we live in a world free from pancreatic cancer.
We invite you to learn more about our organization, mission, and values. Together, we can create a world without pancreatic cancer.
For more information, please feel free to visit any one of these pages below or contact us directly.
VOICES AND STORIES OF SURVIVORS
Michael Skaggs is an avid runner, which made it all the more devastating when he began to lose his mobility due to his chemotherapy treatments. After going through major setbacks and several complications, Michael is finally ready to run again.
Michele Miller is a two-time cancer survivor. After surviving breast cancer, she knew that she had an increased chance of developing other types of cancer. When her predictions came true in 2021, she had no choice but to trust her body to get her through this next challenge.
At 36, pancreatic cancer was the farthest thing from Ryan Dwars’s mind, so when he was diagnosed back in 2021, it came as a complete shock. To find relief from the pressures of cancer, he started supporting other cancer survivors, a journey that has brought him all the way to national television.
When Darlene Plavchak was told in 2019 that she had only three months to live, she chose to defy the odds and go through treatment. Now, she is a four-year pancreatic cancer survivor, all through the power of positivity.