WARWICK, R.I. – Members of the Brown gymnastics team walked in the Purple Stride Rhode Island event at Goddard Memorial State Park on Sunday to help raise money and awareness for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. This year marks the third time the Bears have participated in the annual event in support of Walking for Wendy, a fundraising branch of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in honor of Wendy Brody Keil, the late mother of Brown gymnastics alumna Sarah Keil Chernoff '03.
Over a thousand supporters walked in the event to help further the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network mission of "Advance Research, Support Patients and Create Hope." Founded six months before Keil's passing in 2011, Walking for Wendy began with events in New York and New Jersey before quickly expanding to cities through the country.
"Having Brown gymnastics support our effort more than 10 years post-graduation is beyond touching," Keil Chernoff said. "There is a special bond between Brown gymnasts and it's amazing to know as teammates, even with 11 years between us, we're supporting each other when needed most."
"Brown gymnastics taught me to give it my all, stay focused on our goals, keeping fighting and have an indomitable spirit," Keil Chernoff said. "My mom loved Brown gymnastics. She would be so touched to know all they are doing to help make a difference in the world of pancreatic cancer."
For more information about Walking for Wendy and how you can support the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, click here.