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Rena Christoffersen's Fundraiser:

39th Annual Lincoln Marathon

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EVENT DATE: May 01, 2016

Rena Christoffersen


My name is Rena Christoffersen and Project Purple is very close to my heart. I lost my best friend, Penny to this AWFUL disease on May 4, 2015. She lived a very LONG 1 year and 4 months after diagnosis of Stave IV! She was determined to live and was going to beat this no matter the odds. Her fight for life has left me wanting to continue to fight for her. I have never participated in a marathon before but am willing to do whatever I need to do, to help this amazing cause. 

Any donations you can make will be so greatly appreciated and will go towards finding a cure for this nasty C word. 

In Penny's Memory!


Project Purple's mission: to beat pancreatic cancer. Our Method: participating in the best road races in the world. The Lincoln Marathon and Half is amaing! This race is at the top of our list for all time favorite marathons, from the warm and welcoming people of Nebraska, the excitement and emergy of the organizers and participants, and the love and support of the Lincoln Track Club. We are so excited and proud to be the official charity of this event for a second year. Our team will be running to support our three programs, listed below.



In the last four years, our charity has provided $500K in grants to top medical centers specializing in the study of pancreatic cancer. We have carefully selected institutions based on the quality of their work and their researchers. Recipients include Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Tufts Medical Center, University of Nebraska Medical Center, NYU, and Columbia. Grants have also been awarded to postdoctoral students and professional researchers, to support studies in early detection methods, a cure, and a better understanding of the mysterious and deadly disease.


Patient Financial Aid

Project Purple helps support families and individuals dealing with the financial burden of pancreatic cancer. Patients who are currently battling are given support with medical bills, living expenses, and travel. We also give care packages to patients to provide comfort during hospital visits.



For the past three years, Project Purple has helped undergraduate, graduate, and nursing students achieve their academic goals by providing scholarships. These awards are given to bright, passionate students whose lives have been adversely affected by pancreatic cancer. Many have lost parents or other close relatives to the disease, other had the disease themselves. 


For more information about these programs and what you can do to help support our mission, visit us online at You can also find us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.


To This Fundraiser


  • Penny Lewis


  • James Lewis



5% Raised of $1,000 Goal

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The Team: $131,204 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Madeline Kieselhorst

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Team Katie and Cade

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107% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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Elli Erickson

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155% Raised of $3,000 Goal

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Tina Fitzsimmons

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42% Raised of $10,000 Goal

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Phil Kean

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185% Raised of $2,000 Goal

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Team Coffey

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106% Raised of $3,000 Goal

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Jodi Scott

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245% Raised of $1,000 Goal

Donor Comments

James Lewis

James Lewis


In memory of Penny 2 years ago

Penny Lewis

Penny Lewis


For our dear friend Penny 2 years ago