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Omaha, NE

Contact Candace Hanway
Affiliate Coordinator

“I feel strongly that it's my mission to be an advocate, a voice, because so many pancreatic cancer patients don't get the opportunity to do so. So many wonderful people have come into my life, whom I never would have met otherwise. It fills my heart with joy when new volunteers say ‘I want to become part of this group, and make a difference, like you are!’ Our affiliate has made an impact building awareness, fund raising, and equally important, creating a real community for survivors, families and friends.”

   - Maija, seven-year survivor and volunteer

Contact Candace Hanway, Affiliate Coordinator, to get involved.
Local Events

PurpleLight Omaha 2014 - Register today!
Sunday, Oct 26, 2014
Stinson Park at Aksarben Village
2285 67th Street
Omaha, NE 68106

Local Highlights

St. Leo’s Knights of Columbus

The Omaha Affiliate accepted donations for kolaches (Czech pastry) in May and raised over $900!

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Nebraska Advocates Meet with Members of Congress

Sue Wright, of the Omaha Affiliate, and her four children (DJ, Joe, Scott and Brianna), joined forces with Jerry and Douglas Varner of Lincoln, NE and Cheryl and Natalie Bottolfson of Crofton, NE at the 5th Annual Advocacy Day on June 14.  While in Washington, D.C., the group met with U.S. Senators Ben Nelson and Mike Johanns as well as Representative Lee Terry regarding the Pancreatic Cancer Research & Education Act (S. 362/H.R. 733).

We are proud to announce that Rep. Terry became a co-sponsor of the Bill the very next day! Please visit the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network's Action Center to send a thank you message to Rep. Terry.

Omaha Advocacy Coordinator, Sue Wright, with her four children.

Advocacy Day 2012

Eight representatives traveled from Nebraska to Washington, D.C. for the Sixth Annual Pancreatic Cancer Advocacy Day. Advocates met with members of Congress and urge them to pass the Pancreatic Cancer Research and Education Act (H.R. 733 and S. 362).

Ryane Needles, Louise Weyer, Julie Catalina, Brianna Wright, Sue Wright, Jerry Varner, Dr. Tony Hollingsworth and Douglas Varner

PurpleLight Omaha 2013

Omaha went purple on October 27, 2013 for PurpleLight National Vigil for Hope. Family and friends of those touched by pancreatic cancer came together to gain both comfort and encouragement by illuminating purple glow sticks as they heard their loved ones’ names read aloud. Joined by nearly 20,000 participants in more than 80 communities across the country, this marked the largest participation in PurpleLight history and helped kick off National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.

Photos will be posted at www.purplelight.org when they are available.

PurpleStride Omaha 2013

Purplestride Omaha was a huge success! The event had more than 1,300 participants and raised over $182,000. Thank you to everyone who donated, volunteered, and took a stride with us to help fight pancreatic cancer! 

Event photos can be viewed at www.purplestride.org


There are many ways you can support the local fight and join other friendly volunteers committed to fighting pancreatic cancer. Whether you have ten minutes or are looking for a more extensive commitment, we have a role for you. Our volunteers focus on several key areas: raising general awareness, media, education and outreach to healthcare professionals, advocacy and fundraising and awareness events. Learn more.

To learn more, please email Affiliate Coordinator Candace Hanway at chanway@pancanvolunteer.org for more information.

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