Inspiration

Maria Fundora Founds Purple Pansies to Honor her Mother

Meet Maria Fundora. She’s a wife, mother, daughter, restaurateur, and in this case: the founder of Purple Pansies. The loss of her beloved mother, Iluminada Milian, led Maria to create Purple Pansies. Iluminada was the light in Maria’s family, and their family dynamic was forever changed after she passed away. Pancreatic cancer was the silent killer that lived within Iluminada for years before taking her life in 2007. 

2017 Gala Honorary Chair Elizabeth O’Connor

We are so thrilled to welcome the inspirational Elizabeth O’Connor to the 2017 Purple Pansies Gala as our Honorary Chair! Elizabeth has demonstrated courage and tenacity in her long running fight against cancer. Experience her story in the video below and make sure to see her in person at the Purple Pansies Gala. It is such an honor to be a part of Purple Pansies organization again this year! It is a cause dear to my heart as I am a...

Randy Pausch Last Lecture

Randy Pausch was a pioneer in virtual reality research and an inspirational professor at Carnegie Mellon University but it was this lecture that had impact around the world. Randy delivered his lecture “Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” only a month after doctors told him he had three to six months to live. Through the original lecture and a book version co-written with Jeff Zaslow his message has inspired millions around the world. Randy passed away July 25, 2008. Read more about Randy...

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