Late in the Winter of 2012, my grandfather was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer. Naturally, my family and I did all we could to learn about the disease. During our research, we discovered an organization called the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PANCAN), a nationwide, non-profit working to fund Pancreatic Cancer research and increase awareness about the fight against the disease. We learned that PANCAN hosted an annual fundraising walk every November, called PurpleStride, in many cities throughout the country. Determined to get involved, I decided to create a team so that our family and friends could walk with us at PurpleStride Philadelphia. And that was how Team Boychik (dubbed for one of my Pop-pop’s nicknames) was born.
We raised over $50,000 that first year — more than any other team. After losing my Pop-pop to the disease the following summer, my family and I were more intent that ever to continue the fight against Pancreatic Cancer.
In the four years since we started, our team has raised over $125,000, gone to Washington and lobbied Congress for more funding, and helped our friends and their families who have been affected by pointing them toward the resources it took us months to find. Now, with our very own Team Boychik website, you can too!
So take a minute to look, learn, and discover all of the many ways you can make a difference in the lives of Pancreatic Cancer patients and their families across the nation. After all… that’s what Boychik would have done.
~ Ali Chesnick, Captain, Team Boychik