Pancreatic Cancer Research, News & Stories

2018 Gala Honorary Chair Howard Young

Howard Young is a 13-year survivor of pancreatic cancer and is an energetic advocate of pancreatic cancer research. He is a strong voice of awareness and an active fundraiser for clinical research that will lead to a method of early detection, quality of life treatment, and ultimately one day a cure for this dreadful disease. Howard is a TGEN Foundation Board Member and President and Partner of Georgia Wholesale Company. ...

2018 Gala Honorary Chair Elizabeth O’Connor

We are so thrilled to welcome back the inspirational Elizabeth O’Connor to the 2018 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...

2018 Gala Honorary Chair Teona Ducre

Teona Ducre is a pancreatic cancer survivor from El Paso, TX and  now resides in Roswell, GA with her two children, Grant and Sydney and her life partner, Raoul Spears. Teona was diagnosed at age 41 on April 1, 2016 (yes, April Fool’s Day!)  After a battle that included 6 months of very aggressive chemo therapy, Teona was eligible for surgery.   The day before Thanksgiving 2016, she was released to go home and celebrate the holiday with her family and friends. Soon...

2018 Gala Co-Chair Janice Chalovich

My name is Janice Chalovich and I am honored to be a volunteer for  Purples Pansies and their fight to raise money for early detection and a cure for pancreatic cancer. I am married and have one stepson.  I have lived in Georgia for the past 6 years, previously residing most of my adult life in New Jersey. I recently retired after being in the corrugated packaging industry for almost 40 years.  I worked as a Customer Service Manager for most of...

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