Local Information

New Jersey

Contact Sandra Gusciora Field
Affiliate Coordinator - North NJ
Maria Salesi Email
Affiliate Coordinator - South NJ

“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 Sandra Gusciora Field, Affiliate Coordinator - North NJ, to get involved.
Local Events

Southern New Jersey June Affiliate Meeting
Thursday, Jun 26, 2014
RWJ Health and Wellness Center
3100 Quakerbridge Road
Hamilton, NJ 8619

Northern New Jersey Affiliate and PurpleStride Meeting
Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014
Millburn Public Library, Upstairs Meeting Room B
200 Glen Avenue
Millburn, NJ 7041

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Night with the Trenton Thunder
Saturday, Jul 26, 2014
Arm & Hammer Park
1 Thunder Road (Cass St)
Trenton, NJ 08611

PurpleLight Southern New Jersey - Save the date!
Sunday, Oct 26, 2014
, NJ

PurpleStride New Jersey - Register today!
Sunday, Nov 9, 2014
Mack-Cali Business Campus
1 Campus Drive
Parsippany, NJ 07054

PurpleLight Northern New Jersey - Save the date!
Sunday, Mar 1, 2015
, NJ

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PurpleLight New Jersey 2013

New Jersey 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.

Awareness Day with the Somerset Patriots

Over 470 supporters came out dressed in purple to watch the Somerset Patriots take on the Camden Riversharks on July 17th!  Not only did the Patriots win the game 9-1, but our PSA was played on the jumbotron and Representative Lance came out and spoke at the game in order to create awareness for pancreatic cancer and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.  It was truly a great day for everyone who attended!

PurpleStride New Jersey 2013

PurpleStride New Jersey 2013 was an amazing success. More than 1,800 people gathered in Parsippany to make strides in the fight against pancreatic cancer.  Together we raised more than $259,000, surpassing the event goal! Donations are still coming in and these funds will help to advance research, support patients, and create hope.

Photos from the event will be posted on purplestride.org when available.

Thank you to all of the wonderful participants, survivors and volunteers that made this event a powerful and inspiring day! 


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.

Northern New Jersey

We do not currently have any open core role positions.

If you are interested in learning more about volunteering in Northern New Jersey, please email Northern New Jersey Affiliate Coordinator Sandra Gusciora Field at sfield@pancanvolunteer.org for more information.

Southern New Jersey

We do not currently have any open core role positions.

If you are interested in learning more about how you can make a difference, or volunteering in Sourthern New Jersey, please contact Maria Salesi at msalesi@pancanvolunteer.org.

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