Community Involvement


Our Comprehensive Approach

PanCan was the first organization dedicated to fighting pancreatic cancer in a comprehensive way, and for more than two decades, we've grow a nationwide movement tackling the disease from all angles.


About five years ago, my journey with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) began. I embarked on this path in search of a meaningful way to pay tribute to my dear Mom and Grandpa, both of whom succumbed to the devastating grip of this illness. Today, I proudly serve as the volunteer coordinator for PanCAN's primary fundraising event in Minnesota.

My role revolves around orchestrating an army of volunteers essential to the success of our annual Purple Stride event. Held on the last Saturday of every April, this walk/run is an enjoyable occasion, but it is a bittersweet occasion. Participating in this event gives me a profound sense of purpose, knowing that I am contributing to the fight against this dreadful disease and paying homage to my beloved Mom and Grandpa, who left us too soon due to pancreatic cancer.  If you are interested in getting involved or know more about the organization, please feel free to contact me.  More information about the organization can be found here


Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary

We are the nation’s oldest veterans’ service organization auxiliary. For more than 100 years, we have been serving veterans, service members and their families in countless ways.
Millions of hours, millions of dollars and millions of tributes.


Unwavering Support for Uncommon Heroes®

  • I hold a position within the Monticello VFW #8731 Auxiliary as its Senior Vice President, where I actively contribute to our mission of serving veterans and their families within our community. My motivation to join the Auxiliary stems from a deep sense of honor for my husband, who dedicated nearly a decade of his life to serving in the Army, alongside countless others who have made the same commitment. This cause holds great importance to me.
  • Our organization unites nearly half a million members nationwide, each with a unique background but all sharing a common bond: they are relatives of VFW-eligible veterans.
  • We convene at the Monticello VFW Post #8731 on the 2nd Thursday of every month, with our meetings commencing at 7:00 p.m.
  • * Step- and adopted parents, children, siblings (and half-siblings), grandparents, and grandchildren are considered the same as biological parents, children, siblings, grandparents, and grandchildren and may join the VFW Auxiliary under their VFW-eligible veteran.
    VFW Auxiliary Department of Minnesota
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Other Organizations

As a family, we actively contribute our time and efforts to various community organizations. My husband holds the position of Vice President at the Big Lake Food Shelf, serves as the current Commander at the VFW organization, and is a member of the Order of the Cooties. In addition, our son serves as a board member at the Wave Youth Center. Through our involvement with these organizations, we engage in a wide range of community-oriented activities, such as distributing food, assisting veterans' homes, and providing support in nursing homes, among many other initiatives. Giving back to our community is a core value for us, and we are committed to imparting this sense of civic responsibility to our children as well.

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