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Raleigh-Durham, NC

Contact Robby Thomas
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 Robby Thomas, Affiliate Coordinator, to get involved.
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Local Highlights

Out and About!

Raleigh-Durham volunteers host a booth at the Carolina Hurricanes Fight Cancer night.
From left: Liz Johnson, CBS weatherman Greg Fischel, Jackie Woodcock, Carol Birney and Eileen Welsh.

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PurpleStride Raleigh-Durham 2014!

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. The event had over 1,500 participants and raised over $200,000 for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Thank you for all of your support! 

Photos from the event will be available here soon!

PurpleLight Raleigh-Durham 2013!

Raleigh-Durham 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.


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 currently seeking the following core role position:


Advocacy Coordinator- Works with Grassroots Advocacy Manager in Washington DC to organize local advocacy efforts geared toward educating elected officials about our legislative priorities, including, increasing federal dollars for pancreatic cancer research. Recruit volunteers to participate in advocacy initiatives. Provide updates at affiliate meetings. Organize and lead group to district meetings and congressional town hall meetings.

To learn more about this position or other volunteer oportunities, please email Robby Thomas at rthomas@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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