When a fellow DynCorp International team member was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in late 2013, DI team members in McLean, Va., wanted to take action. In search of a way to make a positive impact, they joined together for the 2014 Tidewater PurpleStride 5K, an event that directly benefits the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.
DI team members created Team Kathy Riggs, in support of their colleague currently undergoing treatment, and raised nearly $11,000 – the highest amount raised by any team at the event. As the top fundraising team, they were presented with a certificate on stage at the event and will be recognized on the PurpleStride.org Wall of Fame.
Riggs, a DynCorp International market strategy director, was also in attendance the day of the race as her family joined the team during the 5K.
“It was a really inspiring event and we were so happy to be part of it!” commented Timmer. “Having Kathy and her family join us at the event made our contribution that much more meaningful.”
DI team members surpassed their goal of raising $5,000 with the team’s individual donations being matched with a corporate donation.
2014 Tidewater PurpleStride 5K
The 2014 Tidewater PurpleStride 5K took place April 5 at the Virginia Beach 31st Street Park, in Virginia Beach, Va., hosted by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s Tidewater affiliate. The event raised a total of more than $140,000.
The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is a nationwide network of people dedicated to working together to advance research, support patients and create hope for those affected by pancreatic cancer. Founded in 1999, the non-profit Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s national office is in Manhattan Beach, Calif., with offices in Washington, D.C., and volunteer leadership in more than 90 communities around the country.
An estimated 46,000 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year, though research on this type of cancer has been historically underfunded. Only approximately two percent of the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) budget is allocated towards this research, which could help find new cures and improve survival rates. Donations from events like the Tidewater PurpleStride 5K help to change these dismal statistics by funding research grants, advocacy efforts, patient support, and awareness activities coordinated by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.