Wage Hope: Local PurpleStride volunteers receive national honors

Wage Hope: Local PurpleStride volunteers receive national honors
(Credit: Mark Weber)
(Credit: Mark Weber)
(Credit: Mark Weber)
(Credit: Mark Weber)

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Behind every successful community organization is an army of volunteers giving their heart and souls to the cause. The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network's Charlotte volunteers are among some of the best in the country. And now they've got the awards to prove it!

At the non-profit's annual national leadership conference, The Charlotte Affiliate was nominated and won the award for "Affiliate of the Year" in this region. There are five regions across the country.

The conference is a chance for training but also an important opportunity to honor affiliates and volunteers who have made an especially significant impact in their communities in the fight against pancreatic cancer.

The PurpleStride 5K is the signature fundraiser for PANCAN in Charlotte. From the moment the last runner or walker crosses the finish line at the September 10th event, volunteers will be busy planning next years' stride.

This year's event chair, Grace Lynch, was nominated for the national PurpleStride Chair of the Year. Grace has worked tirelessly on preparing for the 5K, it's no doubt her efforts stand out for such a great nomination!

WBTV is the media partner for Purple Stride so I have also worked closely with Charlotte Affiliate Media Relations Chair, Mark Weber. It didn't surprise me a bit when I learned this energetic, enthusiastic and dedicated volunteer was nominated for, and won, the national award for "Media Relations Chair of the Year."

Mark has been a touchstone for me as we lead up to the September fundraiser. He's been an incredible help.

Congrats are in order to the other Charlotte Affiliate volunteers who were also nominated for national awards. Lori Tuner was nominated for Advocacy Chair of the year. Stephanie Pope was nominated for Donor and Corporate Ambassador of the Year. While Shannon Gardner was nominated for Volunteer Chair of the Year.

The slogan for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network's PurpleStride is Wage Hope. With the kind of dedication, I've witnessed in the months leading up to this 5K, and the work I know so many volunteers of doing to help families and patients in our area dealing with this disease, I know there is hope!

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Read some of my stories about how pancreatic cancer has touched so many families in our area. Read WHY they stride HERE.

I'll be there emceeing the event September 10,2016 at Marshall Park. Come by the WBTV News tent and say "Hi!"

- Maureen

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