Blog Post List

  • In Conversation: A Mission Message from Donna Manross
    In Conversation: A Mission Message from Donna Manross
    As we celebrate Black History Month, we want to share a couple of quick updates on our collective mission critical work. The exciting uptick in the survival rate makes it clear your efforts are working! Many of you have been assessing and sharing the health needs in your communities and building action plans to identify new audiences who may benefit from ... more
  • Message From The Volunteer Advisory Council
    Message From The Volunteer Advisory Council
    The Transformative Power of Volunteering: A Survivor’s Perspective   As a nine-year pancreatic cancer survivor and long-time volunteer with PanCAN, I have discovered the profound impact of volunteering on my personal growth and well-being.  My journey with PanCAN has been both a way to give back to a community that supported me during my battle with ... more
  • Message From The Volunteer Advisory Council
    Message From The Volunteer Advisory Council
    While attending the PanCAN Affiliate Forum in Dallas this past October, there was a moment when our forum hosts called on volunteers to stand if they had reached a certain milestone year with PanCAN. Along with the sea of staff and volunteer leaders gathered in the large conference room, I applauded gleefully as individuals stood up with each year ... more
  • In Conversation: Tristin Baxter, PurpleStride and Community Chair, Puget Sound Affiliate
    In Conversation: Tristin Baxter, PurpleStride and Community Chair, Puget Sound Affiliate
    Puget Sound PurpleStride and Community Chair Tristin Baxter spoke with Community Engagement Coordinator Paula Mukherjee about her 2024 goals as a volunteer leader and her connection to PanCAN’s mission. This interview has been edited for clarity and length. Paula: How did you find out about PanCAN? Tristin: I lost my grandmother to pancreatic ... more
  • Help Us Build a Healthier Future: Take Our Demographic Survey
    Help Us Build a Healthier Future: Take Our Demographic Survey
    We hope this message finds you well and filled with the same passion for our mission that has driven you to volunteer with us. As we continue on our journey towards health equity in the fight against pancreatic cancer, we recognize the critical role that diversity and representation play in achieving our goals. Our new guiding principle is clear: ... more
  • In Conversation: Thank You for a Great Year from Kevin Sims
    In Conversation: Thank You for a Great Year from Kevin Sims
    Hello PanCAN volunteers, Thank you for your continued commitment! PanCAN would not be where we are without you – and you proved it again in 2023! First and foremost, our signature event, PanCAN PurpleStride , happened in April, on one big day, in nearly 60 communities across the nation. Thank you for helping us raise more than $17.2 million!  I spent that ... more
  • Message From The Volunteer Advisory Council
    Message From The Volunteer Advisory Council
    Recruitment. I feel like volunteer recruitment can be a struggle for many affiliates, including the affiliate I volunteer for. Finding people who have a continued interest in coming around is just TOUGH. While it can feel good to pounce on a new volunteer and plug them into an open position, I have learned from experience that this is NOT always the best ... more
  • Message From The Volunteer Advisory Council
    Message From The Volunteer Advisory Council
    Building Communities As PanCAN volunteers, we hear about building relationships within our communities. We understand the importance of establishing relationships with others especially as we emerge into a different world post COVID. By getting to know local medical facilities, places of worship, businesses and community groups, we are ... more
  • In Conversation: PanCAN Volunteer Leaders
    In Conversation: PanCAN Volunteer Leaders
    PanCAN Affiliate Chairs from across the country met in Dallas in early October for the PanCAN Affiliate Forum , their first in-person gathering since the Covid pandemic began in 2020. Affiliate Chairs learned how their affiliates are impacting PanCAN’s 2030 goals, discussed how to reach audiences highly impacted by pancreatic cancer, heard from ... more
  • In Conversation: Kym Jolstad, PurpleStride Chair, Minnesota Affiliate
    In Conversation: Kym Jolstad, PurpleStride Chair, Minnesota Affiliate
    Minnesota PurpleStride Chair Kym Jolstad spoke with Community Engagement Coordinator Paula Mukherjee about her inspirations, goals for PurpleStride 2024, and fundraising strategies. This interview has been edited for clarity and length. Paula: What first brought you to PanCAN? Kym: My mom was diagnosed out of the blue. The first thing I did was ... more

Recent Comments

Thanks for being there for us Kevin. Happy Holidays!
Colleen & Rob, I sure enjoyed reading about you two. How are you doing now, Rob? and is it okay if I share your inspiring treatment journey on our affiliate group page? Thank you both for all you do for PanCAN!
Elena has stepped into to this role with her whole heart and it shows. We're so proud to have her as a DFW volunteer!
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!