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Paddling for Pancreatic Cancer Research

Raised toward our $15,000 Goal
80 Donors
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Project ended on September 15, at 05:00 PM EDT
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Paddling for Pancreatic Cancer Research

Pancreatic cancer is a major part of both of our lives, and we are racing a canoe to raise money and awareness to help conquer it. Join us in raising $9,000 $15,000 during the “90 Miler” Adirondack Canoe Classic to benefit pancreatic cancer surveillance research at Johns Hopkins Medicine.

The pancreas produces digestive enzymes and hormones, like insulin, to help break down food. Since it’s nestled in the abdomen among a lot of other organs, it’s hard to see using non-invasive screening methods. This means that cancer of the pancreas is often not spotted until it’s too late for effective, life-prolonging treatment. Advancing early detection and surveillance research is critical in diagnosing cancer in new patients, tracking its spread, and monitoring it for resurgence after treatment.

Your tax-deductible donation will directly support research to improve early detection of pancreatic cancer and monitoring it during and after treatment. Donate today and help us reach our goal so more patients like Anne McGarvey’s dad have a better chance of beating the odds.

Anne’s dad, David, was diagnosed with stage III pancreatic cancer in October 2022. He has since undergone months of chemotherapy and radiation treatment at Johns Hopkins Hospital to stop its spread and will have surgery in early September to remove the tumor. He was incredibly fortunate to catch his cancer before it spread, but most pancreatic cancer patients aren’t as lucky. David’s brother, Doug, passed away from stage IV pancreatic cancer in 2017.

Anna's cousin, Peter, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in late 2021. He also underwent chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery, but his cancer spread beyond his pancreas and he passed away earlier this year. He was well loved by friends and family and is sorely missed. 

Only 5 to 10% of pancreatic cancer patients survive 5 years after their diagnosis. Your tax-deductible donation will support ongoing pancreatic cancer research efforts in the Johns Hopkins Department of Pathology. Donate today and help us reach our goal!

To learn more about pancreatic cancer research in the Johns Hopkins Department of Pathology, please visit Pancreatic Cancer Research |  Johns Hopkins Pathology (

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Canoe Paddle

A trusty paddle is critical for racing a canoe! The boat wouldn't go anywhere without it.


Pit Crew

Support crew is essential to helping their paddlers reach the finish line.


C-1 Canoe

Single-person canoes requires focus and dedication to keep paddling through the race.


C-2 Canoe

Two-person canoes must stay slow and steady to finish the race.


C-4 Canoe

Four-person canoes requires constant communication in order to maintain speed both on the water and on land.


Voyageur Canoe

Eight-person canoes are the largest canoe on the water and requires perfectly synchronized strokes for maximum speed.

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