Blog Post List

  • Interview With Phil Belhumeur, PurpleStride Chair, Portland Affiliate
    Interview With Phil Belhumeur, PurpleStride Chair, Portland Affiliate
    Portland PanCAN PurpleStride Chair Phil Belhumeur speaks with Community Engagement Coordinator Paula Mukherjee about his volunteer experiences, tips for PurpleStride success, and goals for PurpleStride 2023. This interview has been edited for clarity and length. Paula: How did you first learn about PanCAN? Phil: I learned about PanCAN ... more
  • Message From The VAC
    Message From The VAC
    Welcome to our newest Volunteer Advisory Council (VAC) members! These volunteer leaders will join the VAC leadership team to serve a three-year term as representatives for all PanCAN volunteers. The VAC is a group of PanCAN volunteers who provide feedback and advice the PanCAN National Office with regard to the PanCAN Community Engagement ... more
  • Interview with Tripp Razor, PurpleStride Chair, Raleigh-Durham Affiliate
    Interview with Tripp Razor, PurpleStride Chair, Raleigh-Durham Affiliate
    Raleigh-Durham PanCAN PurpleStride Chair Tripp Razor speaks with Community Engagement Coordinator Paula Mukherjee about his volunteer journey and recent appointment to the Volunteer Advisory Council (VAC); his term began on July 1. This interview has been edited for clarity and length. Paula: Congrats on your appointment to the VAC! I know ... more
  • Message From The VAC
    Message From The VAC
    Hello, my name is Frank De Seno I have been a PanCAN volunteer for 10-plus years with the PanCAN Chicago Affiliate where I held a number of roles. In December my wife and I moved to the Phoenix area where I accepted the role of Phoenix Affiliate Chair. Throughout my personal and professional career, I always had the belief of treating everyone I meet with ... more
  • Barbara Washburn, Affiliate Chair, Atlanta Affiliate
    Barbara Washburn, Affiliate Chair, Atlanta Affiliate
    After recovery from pancreas surgery, I contacted PanCAN. I was exploring where there was a group of survivors. When I was heard from PanCAN and learned more about them and that there were local chapters, I was sure this was the perfect fit for me to volunteer. I have been our affiliate’s November Awareness Chair, Advocacy and Mission chair and each ... more
  • Message from the VAC
    Message from the VAC
    The Volunteer Advisory Council (VAC) provides advice and input to PanCAN regarding the organization’s volunteer program and affiliate network in alignment with the organization’s mission and goals. Each member holds a three-year term. This role is a commitment that supports PanCAN’s core values: passion, integrity, compassion and hope.  In ... more
  • Karen Caggiano, PurpleStride Chair, Phoenix Affiliate
    Karen Caggiano, PurpleStride Chair, Phoenix Affiliate
    What is your best piece of advice for new volunteers in leadership roles?   I’d say two things: first, find the best ways to make your team members, who are also volunteering, feel included and valued for their contributions. Simply reserving a spot on a planning meeting agenda for each person is an easy way to show they are important to the project’s ... more
  • Message From The VAC
    Message From The VAC
    PanCAN Advocacy I truly love advocating for something I believe in.  Obviously, I believe in the mission of PanCAN and helping all those affected by this terrible disease, and I think it’s important to support legislators who support the pancreatic cancer cause, regardless of their political affiliation. I met my U.S. Representative, David ... more
  • Taylor Povich, Team & Individual Development Chair, Virginia Beach Affiliate
    Taylor Povich, Team & Individual Development Chair, Virginia Beach Affiliate
    I learned about PANCAN in December of 2020, five months after my mother Judy’s diagnosis. I decided to volunteer to assist the organization that helped provide my family and me with a sense of community when we needed it most. PANCAN continues to serve as a source of positivity for my family and me. We appreciate the wealth of information and the ... more
  • Message From The VAC
    Message From The VAC
    We all know that PanCAN offers many opportunities to participate in the fight against pancreatic cancer. Many of us have just recently set up tents, hung banners and encouraged our communities to rally together to raise the necessary funds to help end this deadly disease. As we head into Advocacy season, we will speak and write to Congress about the ... more

Recent Comments

Thanks for sharing! I'm a new Social Media Chair for the Kansas City Affiliate, and am trying to absorb as much info as possible.
Great advice and outlook, Frank! You're one of the best!
Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to helping so many others in the volunteer community!
As a founding VAC member thank you to each of these individuals for their continuing contributions to Pancan.
We love our Taylor and she did such a great job with our PurpleStride! 💜