Every PurpleLight Tells a Story
Susan Blum Connors – Northeastern PA (event organizer)
Seeing upwards of 250 people from all different walks of life come together for a common goal - to know, fight, and end pancreatic cancer - is an experience that lifts the spirits of all involved.
Elena Piexoto – Portland (event organizer)
PurpleLight is the best way to focus on our loved ones with a reverent ceremony. It is the one signature Pancreatic Cancer Action Network event that I can truly memorialize my dad, and feel the support from others in attendance who have lost their loved ones. Even so, the focus is HOPE, which is a very powerful and inspiring motivator for us to carry on the fight against pancreatic cancer.
Lisa Liu – Silicon Valley (event organizer)
The first PurpleLight I attended was just nine days after the devastating loss of my brother, Dr James Garbern. His diagnosis of pancreatic cancer was only four months earlier and I only had passing familiarity with Pancreatic Cancer Action Network before that. The PurpleLight naming ceremony was a beautiful way to honor Jim and to meet others affected in some way by this disease. It was almost as if our loved ones brought this community together through PurpleLight to reflect on how we might give others hope. I resolved to help my local Pancreatic Cancer Action Network affiliate and organized PurpleLight the following year.
Dana Quinn – Northwest AR (event organizer)
My motivation for organizing PurpleLight each year is my dad who I lost in February 2011. I love having an annual event for all those who have been affected by this disease to come together and honor their loved ones. I also find great strength in the sense of community I feel during the event!
Michelle Monhart – San Francisco Bay Area (Affiliate Coordinator – attendee)
For our first time event, we had over 200 donned in purple to remember those lost to pancreatic cancer. It was very heartwarming and touching to see people bond together and light their glowsticks one by one as their loved ones names were announced. It was a very powerful and uplifting event for all in attendance.