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Silicon Valley, CA

Contact Louisa Rocque
Regional Affiliate Manager

“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 Louisa Rocque, Regional Affiliate Manager, to get involved.
Local Events

Awareness Night with the San Francisco Giants
Friday, Jul 11, 2014
AT&T Park
24 Willie Mays Plaza
San Francisco, CA 94107

Silicon Valley July Affiliate Meeting
Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014
Sports Basement Community Room
1177 Kern Ave.
Sunnyvale, CA 94085

PurpleStride Silicon Valley 2014
Saturday, Nov 8, 2014
Discovery Meadow
Woz Way and San Carlos St.
San Jose, CA 95110

Save the date - PurpleLight Silicon Valley 2015
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

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.

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.

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.

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!

Volunteer/Survivor spotlight: Dr. Rich Blish

 Rich’s story

 My involvement with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network can be traced to two sources: Diane Borrison, the heart and soul of the Silicon Valley Affiliate, who wrote an excellent op-ed piece in the San Jose Mercury News in 2012; the other, a college classmate who succumbed to pancreatic cancer in 2004.  It was easy to track down Diane as the author of the op-ed piece.  She inspired me to be a volunteer and I have been one ever since and currently serve as the Media Coordinator for our affiliate.

The other side of the coin is represented by an undergraduate classmate I knew who had passed of pancreatic cancer. Unfortunately, I didn’t know his fate until many years later, just before I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer myself.  The most tragic part is that my friend kept his illness secret. Because of this, I have deliberately adopted the opposite track, that is to make my journey as public as possible to offer hope to those who are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the future.


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.

The Silicon Valley Affiliate is currently looking to fill the following roles:

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!

To learn more about these positions or the local effort in particular, please email Diane Borrison at dborrison@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.

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