Local Information

Orange County, CA

Contact Roberta Luna
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 Roberta Luna, Affiliate Coordinator, to get involved.
Local Events

Orange County June Affiliate Meeting
Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014
Anaheim Downtown Community Center
250 E. Center Street
Anaheim, CA 92805

3rd Annual Ice Cream Social at Farrell's
Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014
Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour
799 The Shops Blvd.
Mission Viejo, CA 92691

Save the date - PurpleLight Orange County 2014
Sunday, Oct 26, 2014

Chef's Cooking Series at Terranea Resort
Friday, Nov 7, 2014
Terranea Resort
100 Terranea Way
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

PurpleStride Orange County 2014
Saturday, Nov 15, 2014
William Mason Park
18712 University Dr.
Irvine, CA 92612

Local Highlights

PurpleLight Orange County 2013

Orange County 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 on Facebook!  Connect with the Orange County Affiliate's Facebook page!

PurpleStride Orange County 2013 was a huge success!

Your time and efforts, volunteering, fundraising and raising awareness truly contributed to our mission to advance research, support patients and create hope for all those affected by pancreatic cancer. PurpleStride Orange County had over 1,300 participants and raised over $197,000 for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Thank you for all of your support!

Photos from the event are available here!

Listen to the OC Affiliate on 100.3 The Sound!

Our very own Affiliate Coordinator Roberta Luna, and Media Representative, Ana Shoock, raised awareness and shared their stories during an interview on 100.3 The Sound this past weekend. You can listen to the interview here!

Marathons for Mom

Shawn Veronese will be running one marathon per month for twelve months, from June 2013 through May 2014, to raise awareness and funds for the fight against pancreatic cancer.  She is hoping to raise $100 per mile. 100% of the donations will be donated to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.  Please visit www.marathonsformom.com to learn more about her story or to make a donation.  Contact Shawn at veroneses@hotmail.com for more information.


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 volunteer positions in Orange County:

Sponsorship Chair- Works with the affiliate to prospect, cultivate and steward sponsorship and corporate team opportunities to benefit affiliate fundraising events.

Volunteer Chair- Works with Affiliate Coordinator and the Community Outreach Regional Affiliate Manager at Headquarters to aid in volunteer recruitment, orientation and retention efforts for the entire affiliate.

To learn more about about these volunteer opportunities or the local effort in general, please email Roberta Luna at rluna@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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