Local Information

Silicon Valley, CA

Contact Rich Blish
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 Rich Blish, Affiliate Coordinator, to get involved.
Local Events

PurpleStride Silicon Valley 2014 - Register Today!
Saturday, Nov 8, 2014
Discovery Meadow
W San Carlos Street & Woz Way
San Jose, CA 95110

PurpleLight Silicon Valley 2015 - Save the Date
Sunday, Mar 1, 2015

Local Highlights

PurpleStride Silicon Valley 2013 was a huge success!

PurpleStride Silicon Valley 2013 was a tremendous success! Your time, efforts, fundraising, volunteering, and spreading awareness truly contributed to our mission to advance research, support patients and create hope for all those affected by pancreatic cancer. Thank you for all of your support!

Relive the hope and inspiration - photos are available at www.purplestride.org/siliconvalley

Hockey Fights Cancer

At the Season Opener of The San Jose Sharks, our Silicon Valley Affiliate had an incredible experience hosting an awareness table where they passed out over 700 buck slips promoting PurpleStride Silicon Valley 2013! The Sharks game provided an amazing opportunity to interact with community members and raise awareness for pancreatic cancer.

PurpleLight Silicon Valley 2013

Silicon Valley 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.

Find us on Facebook!

Get more local news!  Connect with us on Facebook! Our Bay Area Facebook page is shared with the San Francisco Affiliate. It provides updates on meetings and happenings throughout the Bay Area.

Silicon Valley Affiliate recognized by California State Legislature

On July 1, 2013, the Silicon Valley Affiliate was recognized by California State Assemblyman Jim Beall for their continued dedication and advocacy in the fight against pancreatic cancer.

2013 Proclamations

The local volunteers were busy during the fall of 2013, and were able to secure several proclamations declaring November as National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.

From left to right: City of Santa Clara councilwoman, Teresa ONeill, presents proclamation at an October Affiliate meeting; Cheryl Houts obtained Santa Clara County proclamation Jennifer Flaniken receives proclamation from the mayor of Santa Cruz.

Connect with us on Facebook

Get more local news on Facebook! Our Bay Area Facebook page is shared with the San Francisco Affiliate. It provides updates on meetings and happenings throughout the Bay Area.

You can also follow us on Twitter!


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.

We are looking to fill the following positions in Silicon Valley.

Volunteer Chair: Recruit new people to volunteer with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in Silicon Valley.
Sponsorship Chair: Sponsorship Chair needed for PurpleStride Silicon Valley. If you have corporate connections within your community and have experience in sponsorship outreach, contact us!
Media Representative- Reach out to local media and help increase coverage of our cause.

To learn more about these positions or the local effort in particular, please email Rich Blish at rblish@pancanvolunteer.org.

Together, we can know it, fight it, and end it!

© 2014 Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is registered as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Contributions to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s tax identification number is # 33-0841281.