Local Information

Portland, OR

Contact Debra Mayer
Affiliate Coordinator
Rick Crandall Email
Volunteer Chair

“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 Debra Mayer, Affiliate Coordinator, to get involved.
Local Events

Pancreatic Cancer Educational Seminar - Portland
Saturday, Sep 6, 2014
Oregon Health & Science University - Collaborative Life Sciences Building
2730 SW Moody Avenue
Portland, OR 97201

PurpleStride Portland - Save the date!
Saturday, Nov 1, 2014
World Trade Center
121 SW Salmon St #2
Portland, OR 97213

Save the date - PurpleLight Portland 2015
Sunday, Mar 1, 2015

Local Highlights

Find us on Facebook!

Get more local news on Facebook!  Connect with the Portland Affiliate's Facebook page!

Portland Volunteers Meet with Congressman

Portland volunteers meet with Congressman Kurt Schrader at his office in Oregon City to discuss the Pancreatic Cancer Research & Education Act.

PurpleLight Portland 2013

Portland went purple on November 24, 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.

Local Coffee Shop Supports our Community Ambassador Program!

Campaign Timeline: 11/1/13-11/30/13

Ole Latte Coffee Campaign: For the month of November, 10% of all sales from Ole Latte Coffee menu items will be donated to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.  Find out more about Ole Latte Coffee on their Facebook Page!

For more information on our Community Ambassador program, click here.


PurpleStride Portland 2013 a huge success!

PurpleStride Portland 2013 was an enormous success! All of your time, effort, 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. The event had more than 790 participants and raised well over $80,000 for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Thank you for all of your support!

Relive the hope and inspiration - event photos will be available at www.purplestride.org/portland


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.

To learn more about Education and Outreach volunteer opportunities please email, Education and Outreach Coordinator, Jamie Knueppel , at jknueppel@pancanvolunteer.org.

For all general inquiries please email Affiliate Coordinator, Debra Mayer, at dmayer@pancanvolunteer.org or Volunteer Chair, Rick Crandall, at rcrandall@pancanvolunteer.org.

We are looking to fill the following volunteer positions in Portland:

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.

Media Representative- Reach out to local media and help increase coverage of our cause.

Event Coordinator- Works with a Community Outreach Events Manager or Specialist and other Headquarters staff to lead the effort to plan and coordinate PurpleStride Portland benefitting the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. The goals of each fundraising event are to raise awareness and funds for pancreatic cancer, educate the public about our organization and create a community among those affected by this disease.

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

To learn more about these volunteer leadership positions or the local effort in particular, please email Rick Crandall at rcrandall@pancanvolunteer.org.

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

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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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