Purple Pansies was founded by Maria Fundora who lost her loving mother, Iluminada Milian, to pancreatic cancer in 2007. Purple Pansies is a way to honor her Mother, spread her lesson of compassion, and carry on in her footsteps by helping others afflicted by the disease that took her away.

  • We must raise awareness of pancreatic cancer

  • Early detection is critical to improve survival rates

  • Research facilities like TGen need funding to continue clinical trials

Pancreatic cancer has the highest mortality rate of all cancers but receives only 6% of research funding. We are dedicated to raising money for much needed cancer research.

Purple Pansies has raised over $1.5 Million dollars to fund research through the TGen (Translational Genomics Research Institute), as well as, to aid families in our community.

Our mission is to increase awareness about pancreatic cancer, to help fund development of an early detection test, and to help families that are affected by pancreatic cancer like my family was.”

Maria Fundora

What grows in the winter and survives always?  Pansies – they have the DNA to survive tough conditions.

Maria Fundora

I lost my Mom to pancreatic cancer in 2004. Purple Pansies is making a huge impact on pancreatic cancer research each year by donating all proceeds to TGen Foundation for cancer research to find a cure.

Kim C.

My name is Howard Young. I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at the age of 42. Purple Pansies has raised money that has funded clinical trials at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) that have saved my life. Thank God for Maria and her friends at Purple Pansies!

Howard Y.
We have been attending the Purple Pansies’ event for several years now. It feels good to do our part in making the future better for all pancreatic cancer patients. We never know who or when we will be diagnosed. Please be aware and help find a cure!
Josette F.
TGen and Maria make a powerful force in the fight against pancreatic cancer. The work put into the research by TGen and the dedicated fund raising efforts of Maria and her team will bring about a cure one day!
Becky R.

Nancy and I became involved because we wanted to start giving to charity and since Nancy’s mom passed from the disease, it was a natural fit for us.  We continue to enjoy our relationship with Purple Pansies and the TGen foundation.

Steve & Nancy

My wife and I first attended the Purple Pansies Gala in 2016 and were moved by the experience. The speakers throughout dinner that shared their stories of survival, challenge and loss connected like no other fund raiser we’ve attended. The ongoing efforts of Purple Pansies is worth supporting.

Dustin & Maria


There are few of us that have not had someone they know be in a fight for their life due to some type of cancer. Get in touch today and start making a difference.