Formed by MMC staffmember Brooke Harbaugh, the Marymount Muscle team surpassed its fundraising goal and raised $6,482. The funds will go to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN), which works to improve patient services, increase awareness, and further critical medical research.
Harbaugh started the MMC team in memory of her late father, John Harbaugh, who passed away in September 2018 after a two year battle with the disease. “Inspired by his proactive, hopeful, community-oriented, and can-do attitude, I saw organizing a team for PurpleStride as a wonderful way to connect to my dad’s spirit,” she explains on her personal fundraising page.
Prior to the Saturday walk in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, team members hosted a bake sale on campus, which featured a representative from PanCAN to answer questions about the organization and upcoming event. This year’s PurpleStride NYC event has raised over $486K – and it’s not too late to donate!
Harbaugh will travel to Capitol Hill with the organization this June 24-25 for “Advocacy Day“ to demand Congress advocate for increased federal funding for pancreatic cancer research. If anyone is interested in attending, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.