WARWICK, R.I. – For the sixth straight year, Brown University gymnastics participated in the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network's PurpleStride Rhode Island as a Walking for Wendy Team in memory of Wendy Keil, the late mother of Brown gymnastics alumna Sarah Keil Chernoff '03.
The Bears took to the 1.5-mile, family-friendly walk in Goddard Memorial Park in Warwick on Sunday in honor of Keil who passed away on Sept. 27, 2011 after a year-long battle with pancreatic cancer. The fight that she began seven years ago continues today as her family and friends remain committed to increasing awareness and raising money for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.
The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is a nationwide network of people dedicated to working together to advance research, support patients and create hope for those affected by pancreatic cancer.
The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is the national organization creating hope in a comprehensive way through research, patient support, community outreach and government advocacy. The organization raises money for direct private funding of research – and advocates for more aggressive federal research funding of medical breakthroughs in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic cancer.
PurpleStride is the signature event of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Each year, in communities across the country, tens of thousands of people participate in more than fifty-six PurpleStride events, including PurpleStride Rhode Island. These events are critical in raising awareness and funds that advance research and support patients and loved ones with a promise of a better tomorrow.