The Sol Goldman Pancreatic Cancer Research Center

Grass Roots Fundraising Benefits Pancreas Cancer Research at Johns Hopkins

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Several initiatives have been started by grateful patients or users of this Web site to raise money for pancreas cancer research at Johns Hopkins. Foundations are listed below along with their most recent fundraising events. The table will be updated as new events are planned.

Foundations / Funds
Benefitting Pancreas Cancer Research at Johns Hopkins

John S. Wetherell2020 Remembering John (W)
On August 23, 2020, a group of John's friends gathered together to remember John and to ride to raise donations in support of Pancreatic Cancer Research at the Johns Hopkins Sol Goldman Pancreatic Cancer Research Center.
This was the 9th annual REMEMBERING JOHN (W) ride and the group covered 20 + miles on the York Heritage Railtrail from Hanover Junction to the Mason-Dixon line and back. The day was beautiful. We had a nice turnout of 16 to ride. At our lunch/beverage break we shared stories of how John W was part of our life. We raised $3,900 this year for cancer research. Over the past 9 years, we have now raised $33,600 in memory of John.

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Emma Shaw visiting the Goldman CenterEmma's Crafts for a Cure
Emma Shaw is seven years old and lost her grandfather to pancreatic cancer in 2017. To honor his memory she started "Emma's Crafts for a Cure". Emma makes and sells jewelry at local events, specifically to raise money for the Sol Goldman Pancreatic Cancer Research Center. Over her Christmas break Emma and her parents came to Johns Hopkins, toured the pancreatic cancer research labs and presented a check for over $500 to support research in the Goldman Center. What a remarkable young woman!

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Cheers for a Cure 2017Cheers for a Cure
A Fundraising Event for Pancreatic Cancer

Saturday, November 11, 2017
Cress Creek Country Club - Naperville, Illinois

Join us for our inaugural Cheers for a Cure Wine Tasting event. Guests will be treated to a culinary feast prepared by Chef David Curotto. In addition to this fabulous culinary experience, guests have the opportunity to try over 50 wines. Silent auction will also be held.

Go to to purchase tickets and to register for the auction.

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Lady in Purple TreeThe Lady in Purple
Pancreatic Cancer Awareness

The children and husband of Yvonne Fannon honor her memory annually with an elegant representation of her beautiful spirit, great fashion sense and love of accessories at their local festival of trees which is held at the Southwest Virginia Museum in Big Stone Gap, Virginia.

Yvonne was officially diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer on June 4, 2013, and fought a lengthy battle, surpassing staggering odds (1-year survival rate is 20%). Yvonne battled until June 26, 2014 at the age of 67.

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Alison Black Runs 50 Marathons in 50 States, Raises Funds for Pancreatic Cancer Research

Alison Black & Ronald Kiss

Alison Black is one year away from completing a marathon in all 50 states. What started as a fun goal has turned into a passionate effort to honor her Uncle Ronald Kiss of Rockville, MD and Seaside, NJ. Mr. Kiss was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in early 2015 and has been treated at Johns Hopkins University. Black took it upon herself to dedicate the last year of her marathon journey to raising money for the Sol Goldman Center for Pancreatic Cancer Research where her uncle is being treated. To donate to the center, please click here. Donations may be made by check or credit card; please indicate that the donation is in honor of Ronald Kiss to be included in Black's fundraising efforts. To contact Ms. Black please e-mail or check out her blog at

DeSean Jackson Foundation Donates $10,000 to John Hopkins University
Pancreatic Cancer Research Team

Gayle and DeSean Jackson, of the DeSean Jackson Foundation, held a press conference at the Washington Redskins' facility to make a public statement about National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month; and, to make a $10,000 donation to John Hopkins University for research in memory of DeSean's father, William Jackson, who died from Pancreatic Cancer in 2009 when DeSean was a rookie with the Philadelphia Eagles.


Desean Jackson Golf TournamentDesean Jackson Foundation: Celebrity Golf Tournament
June 6, 2015 - The Golf Club at Lansdowne
11:30 am - Registration
1:00 pm - Shotgun Start
6:00 pm - Cocktail Hour and Silent Auction
6:30 pm - Dinner with Live Entertainment
7:30 pm - Golf Contest Winners Announced, Silent Auction closes
DeSean Jackson Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with two main commitments – raising funds and awareness to support those battling pancreatic cancer and eliminating childhood bullying by contributing to various cause related organizations. Proceeds from this event will benefit both The Sol Goldman Pancreatic Research Center at Johns Hopkins, as well as local Washington D.C. anti-bullying initiatives.

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The national organization of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars sponsors research through their Cancer Aid and Research Program. Having lost several family members to pancreatic cancer, the State of Maryland Ladies Auxiliary VFW President chose The Sol Goldman Pancreatic Cancer Research Center for their 2013-2014 donation. Linda MacArthur, Past State President 13-14, Dee Russo, 13-14 Cancer Aid & Research Chairman, and Libby DallaTezza, 13-14 Historian, from the State of Maryland Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars presented Drs. Nicholas Roberts and Ralph Hruban with a check for familial pancreatic cancer research. Congratulations to the members of the Ladies Auxiliary-VFW of MD and our sincerest thanks!

King 6th Annual Andrew L. King, Sr. 5K Walk for Knowledge
May 17, 2014 - Fredericksburg, VA
click here for more info | past events
Andrew L. King, Sr. Walk for Knowledge for Pancreatic Cancer Research
Join the fight against pancreatic cancer by helping raise money for Johns Hopkins Pancreatic Cancer Research Center.

You can make your pledge directly to or mail your donation, along with the enclosed donation form to Land of Promise, 5924 Smith Station Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22407.

Asia FunchesPancre-Thon
High school student Asia Funches has organized a dance-a-thon (or, Pancre-thon) to raise money for pancreatic cancer research and to honor the memory of her father, Sumril Robert Funches. If you are in the area, please help Asia fight this terrible disease.
The Pancre-Thon will take place at the JamArts community hub:
1756 W, 89th.Street
Chicago IL. 60620
Saturday, November 30th, 2013
Registration begins at 5:00 P.M
Dance-A-Thon 6:00 P.M-11:00 P.M
Live Entertainment and Awareness will begin at 6:00 P.M

Download Asia's flier and read a personal letter from Asia Funches.

4th Annual RLK Pancreatic Cancer Benefit4th Annual RLK Pancreatic Cancer Benefit

November 30th in Berryville, VA
Location: Moose Lodge, Berryville VA
1239 Moose Road, Berryville, VA 22611
Time: 6pm - 11pm
Featuring the Washington Redskin Cheerleaders, Silent and Live Auction, Tips/pull tabs, Buffalo Wild Wings Wing Challenge, Door prizes

Download our flier. For more information and reserved seating, call 540-247-6918

Golf OutingGolf Outing to Support the Johns Hopkins Pancreas Multidisciplinary Clinic
Friday, July 26th, 2013
2100 Warwick Way
Marriotsville, MD 21104-1617
(410) 313-9182

You are cordially invited to join us at our annual golf tournament to support the Pancreas Multidisciplinary Cancer Clinic at Johns Hopkins. Take some time off, you deserve it, and enjoy a day of fun, food, and friends. Who knows, you might be the lucky player that sinks a hole-in-one for $25,000.

Get ready "fore" a good time!

PanCan Fundraising Event PurpleLight Baltimore 2013 - Register today!
10/27/2013 - Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center
click here for more info...
601 North Caroline Street
Baltimore, MD 21287
PurpleLight National Vigil for Hope is a time to honor loved ones fighting pancreatic cancer and those who have lost the fight. Join us in creating awareness of pancreatic cancer and honoring those who have battled this disease, knowing that people all across the United States are doing the same.

During the PurpleLight Ceremony, we will read the names of individuals who have battled the disease, both survivors and loved ones we have lost too soon. Families and friends will be asked to stand and illuminate their purple glow stick when their loved one's name is read.

Dick Knox Cliff Minor Golf Classic Join our fight against pancreatic cancer at the 2012 Dick Knox and Cliff Minor Classic
September 12 - 14, 2012
Lake Lanier Islands Resort Buford, Georgia

3rd Annual RLK Pancreatic Cancer Benefit1st Annual Golf Tournament

Friday, June 1st, 2012
Come out and support the Johns Hopkins Pancreatic Multidiscplinary Cancer Clinic! We need you to take a much needed day off and join us! We'll be at the Waverly Woods Golf Club - 2100 Warwick Way - Marriottsville, MD 21104-1617.

Run for George8th Annual Run For George 5K RUN/WALK
with the Rubis Family

Sunday November 20th, 2011. There will be a huge silent auction, Indoor games & prizes for kids, food, beverages, desert, FREE STARBUCKS, Deejay & lots of giveaways! Visit the for complete details.

JCM Foundation10th Annual Joseph C. Monastra Foundation Race: Refuse to Lose 5K Run & 1 Mile Walk/Fun Run

This will be the 10th annual Race To Make a Difference for Pancreatic Cancer Research sponsored by the JCM Foundation in Hudson, OH. Each year hundreds of runners and walkers participate in honor of a family member or friend affected by Pancreatic Cancer. There are awards for top runners in each age category, food and drink, entertainment and multiple raffle items. For additional information please e-mail us at: or visit the JCM Foundation event site.

3rd Annual Gloria Swan 3rd Annual Gloria Swan Pancreatic Cancer Foundation

Join the Gloria Swan Pancreatic Cancer Foundation on May 7, 2011 from 4:00 – 8:00 pm to fight pancreatic cancer in memory of Gloria Swan, who passed away at age 49. The event will be held at the LaSalle Power Company located at 500 North LaSalle Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois 60654. Dress to impress in your favorite Kentucky Derby attire and enjoy an amazing evening with dinner, cocktails, a silent auction, raffle prizes, a hat and tie contest and much more. Dr. Christine Iacobuzio-Donahue from Johns Hopkins will share the latest research on pancreatic cancer. A great time, with great friends, for a great cause. For additional information please visit us at

Iron Man Larry Kugler

On September 13, 2010 Larry Kugler, from the Millard Group in Chicago, competed in the Madison Wisconsin Ironman competition. Larry spent 12 hours and 15 minutes swimming, biking and running and covered over 140 miles (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, and a 26.2 run). The weather was ideal and Larry's family and many of his friends cheered him on. Larry ran in honor of his father Fred Kugler and his nephew Andrew Uhrman, and he raised an amazing $100,000 for the pancreatic cancer research team at Johns Hopkins.

Larry Kugler and wife Larry Kugler Running Kugler family

Above are pictures from the ironman- we especially enjoy the picture of Larry kissing his wife and the reaction of friends, family & strangers.

Our sincerest congratulations to Larry!

2nd Annual Pancreatic Cancer Gala

Hosted by Carley Bruntjen
November 19, 2011 at 6:15pm to
November 20, 2011 at 12:00am
Lafayette Club, Wayzata, Minnesota
Contact: with any questions

Family of Roger Kerns 2nd Annual "Dance for Hope" Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Benefit Sponsored by the New City Band & Family of Roger L. Kerns

Join the Kerns family and friends on Saturday, November 27, 2010 from 6:00pm – 11:30pm to raise money for pancreatic cancer research at Johns Hopkins. Featuring Redskin Cheerleaders, the New City Band, Buffalo Wild Wings Eating Challenge, Live & Silent Auctions and more! Details here and some photos from last year's event.

Alfredo Scatena 3rd Alfredo Scatena Memorial Golf Tournament

On Friday, August 6, 2010 the 3rd annual memorial golf tournament to Alfredo Scatena will be held at the Berwick Country Club in Berwick, Pennsylvania. The invitational tournament’s proceeds will be donated to support The Sol Goldman Pancreatic Cancer Research Center at Johns Hopkins. Read more about Mr. Scatena.

artCAN ArtCAN Fundraising Event

On Saturday, October 2, 2010 ArtCAN will feature the works of acclaimed Southeastern artists who are cancer survivors or who have had their lives affected by cancer. For more information regarding media inquiries, the call for artists, sponsorship opportunities, patron/host/ambassador levels, or volunteer committees, please contact Event Chair Pamela Monastra at or 404-391-2169.

Michael Rolfe The Michael Rolfe Pancreatic Cancer Foundation

Foundation website:

Update - The Michael Rolfe Foundation Casino Night Event on September 12, 2009 in Chicago raised over $200,000 for pancreatic cancer research! To date, the Foundation has raised in excess of $3 million.
Click here to view some pictures from the event.

The Michael Rolfe Pancreatic Cancer Foundation was formed in 1999 to primarily support research for the early detection of pancreas cancer.

Alfredo Scatena Vikings "Boss Hawg" Fundraiser

In February 2009, Michael O Tate, President of Viking Automatic Sprinkler Company was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer. His family, friends and co-workers have established a fundraiser to find a cure for this disease. Mike lost his battle with pancreatic cancer, but the efforts to fund pancreatic cancer research continue in his memory.
Please visit for more information.

Morris Moskowitz Run for Grandpa

On May 3, 2009, Andy Moskowitz will run the Broad Street Run in Philadelphia to honor the memory of his grandfather Morris Moskowitz and raise money for the fight against pancreatic cancer. click here for more info...

Join the fight against pancreatic cancer by helping raise money for Johns Hopkins Pancreatic Cancer Research Center.

Matt Dallek Matt Dallek's 60-Mile Bike Ride for Pancreatic Cancer Research

This fall, a remarkable young man named Matt Dallek will go on a 60-mile bike ride through the civil war battlefields of Maryland to raise money for pancreatic cancer research at Johns Hopkins. Matt is wonderful, thoughtful and brave. You can learn more about Matt's remarkable story and read the e-mail Matt sent out announcing his ride.

NIH Funding of Research for Various Cancers -

Raising Awareness of Pancreas Cancer

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN)
The users of this Website came together to organize a National effort to increase awareness about pancreas cancer and to raise funds to fight this disease (PanCAN). This organization, founded in February 1999 by users of our chat room, works to focus national attention on the need to find the cure for pancreatic cancer. They provide public and professional education that embraces the urgent need for more research, effective treatments, prevention programs, and early detection methods.

In a remarkable demonstration of the power of a grass roots movement, users of this Website, who later became active in their organization, PanCAN, organized a spectacular "Evening with the Stars" fundraiser and pancreas cancer awareness benefit. The first gala was held on November 8, 1998, at the Beverly Hills Hotel and it attracted close to 30 stars (including Pat Boone, Stella Stevens, Marsha Wallace, Cindy Landon and Michael Landon Jr.). The evening was sold out, it raised over $100,000 to start a laboratory for the early detection of PC . Many who lost a loved one or who are fighting pancreas cancer also created quilt squares, and Teri Sechrist assembled them together. So many quilt squares were received that Teri made not one, but three quilts!

Pictures of the "Evening with the Stars" Fundraisers

2006 Event | 1999 Event | 1998 Event | The Quilts

PanCAN's fundraising efforts currently fund the organization's own programs.

The monies raised through this Website are distributed under the direction of Dr. Ralph Hruban, are used primarily by our young faculty (primarily Drs. Goggins, Maitra, Klein and Iacobuzio-Donahue), and primarily support our research on the early detection of pancreatic cancer, the familial aggregation of pancreatic cancer, gene expression in pancreatic cancer, and for the development of mouse models of pancreatic cancer. Donations also support pilot projects, the purchase of cutting edge technology and research by our residents, fellow trainees, and more seasoned faculty.

purple ribbon

Purple ribbons are the national symbol for pancreas cancer. These and other products are available for purchase at PanCAN.

PanCAN is not affiliated with Johns Hopkins. Their proceeds benefit their own educational and advocacy programs. If you wish to donate directly to Pancreas Cancer research at Johns Hopkins, click here.