Hop’s Purple Warriors are battling the bridge to raise funds for the Mid Shore Pancreatic Cancer Foundation in memory of Thomas “Hop” Hopkins. This group made their inaugural run across the bay in 2015, while Hop was fighting hard for his life in Johns Hopkins Hospital. An extra finisher medal was given to Hop, which he proudly wore and shared with all who entered his hospital room. 6 days after the race, he lost his battle. In his memory, the Purple Warriors will continue the fight against pancreatic cancer by assisting the MSPCF in its fundraising and outreach efforts. The Mid Shore Pancreatic Cancer Foundation’s mission is to provide hope and support for local families dealing with pancreatic cancer, and is working toward a day when pancreatic cancer will move from being a deadly disease to a being a chronic disease. The foundation offers community outreach, patient support, and funding for research. MSPCF is partnering with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network as a community ambassador in an effort to greatly increase fundraising for, and awareness of, this very volatile form of cancer. Pancreatic cancer is the third leading cause of cancer related death in the country, where an astounding 74% of those diagnosed will die within the first year.