Editor’s Note: Guest Contributor Stephanie Leahy, Vice President of Marketing for Vibe Credit Union, describes how Vibe’s personal connection to pancreatic cancer has spurred support for PanCAN PurpleStride Michigan for more than 10 years, highlighting in place the best fundraising teams and, in 2022, as the main sponsor.
Vibe Credit Union has long supported PanCAN PurpleStride. We’re so grateful to be able to all walk together this year, and we’re celebrating by offering PurpleStride Michigan our support in an even bigger way than ever. This year, we are proud to be the presenting sponsor of PanCAN PurpleStride Michigan 2022. We are ready to help make a difference in pancreatic cancer research, patient services and advocacy.
Vibe first became involved with PurpleStride over 10 years ago when one of our employees lost a loved one to pancreatic cancer. Shortly after, other team members shared how their family and friends had also been affected by a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, which ignited our passion to support the cause.
To honor those who fought, we create a personalized team t-shirt each year that includes the names of loved ones who have battled this deadly disease. This year, our employees submitted 41 names to be honored or commemorated on the back of our team jersey. We can’t wait to show off our shirt and honor our loved ones on Saturday, April 30 at PurpleStride Michigan.
Vibe employees have a proud tradition of being part of PurpleStride Michigan’s top fundraising teams. Over the years, our 250 employees have raised funds through various activities, such as candy sales, bowlthons, quizzes and movie nights. This year, our employee donations for casual days totaled $7,500, which we hope will keep us in one of the best positions on the team.
Seeing the generosity of our staff and having the chance to meet members of other fundraising teams, survivors and caregivers makes PurpleStride Michigan one of our favorite events of the year. Coming together as the Vibe Family to support the struggle for progress is a privilege. Walking creates a strong bond between our employees, and we love that our employees bring their own families to walk with us.
Our participation in PurpleStride aligns with the credit union‘s philosophy of caring for the community. We are committed to our 72,000 members in our 16 locations to invest our time and resources in the communities we serve. PurpleStride allows us to honor this commitment.
Pancreatic cancer is still one of the deadliest cancers, and with only an 11% 5-year survival rate, there is still a lot of work to be done to raise funds for research into early detection and prevention. search for new and improved treatments.
If you are reading this you must be interested in the fight against pancreatic cancer, so we encourage you to join PurpleStride in your community. When you walk, you will take great strides to help make meaningful progress and improve outcomes for pancreatic cancer patients and their families.