Local Information

Rhode Island

Contact Stefanie Abate
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 Stefanie Abate, Affiliate Coordinator, to get involved.
Local Events

PurpleLight Rhode Island 2014 - Register today!
Sunday, Oct 26, 2014
Rhode Island State House - South Plaza
82 Smith St.
Providence, RI 02903

Local Highlights

PurpleLight Rhode Island 2013

Rhode Island 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.

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PurpleStride Rhode Island 2014

PurpleStride Rhode Island presented by Ocean State Job Lot on May 4 was a success!

We had more than 1,250 participants join us at Goddard Memorial Park, including 80 volunteers and 15 survivors. Together we were able to raise $232,000 for the fight against pancreatic cancer.

Thank you to the volunteers, sponsors and donors who made this success possible.

Visit www.purplestride.org/rhodeisland to view photos!


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 volunteer positions:
Donor and Corporate Ambassador: Leads the affiliate fundraising effort through identification, engagement, and solicitation of prospective supporters.

To learn more about the local effort in particular, or to sign up to volunteer, please email Stefanie Abate at sabate@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.