Inspiration

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...

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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