Katie Douglas helps in fight against pancreatic cancer

By Adara Crooks | May 16, 2013

Katie Douglas battled on the court while her father battled for his life. While her father lost his battle with pancreatic cancer, Douglas continues to battle for a cure and raise awareness.

“Basketball was definitely my sanctuary where I could go for a few hours and forget that my dad was terminally ill,” said Douglas. Katie’s family motivated her to continue her basketball career and focus on the opportunities presented to her through basketball.

Focusing on college, basketball and setting goals helped Katie Douglas grieve and move on. One of the most important lessons she learned from her father’s battle with pancreatic cancer was, “Try to make the most of every moment you can with your loved ones. Be there for them to show them you truly love them and care for them.”

Due to her father’s experience with pancreatic cancer, Katie has become a strong supporter and Champion of Hope for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PANCAN). PANCAN is an organization focused on raising awareness and finding a cure for pancreatic cancer.

On June 22 at 8 a.m., Pancreatic Cancer Action Network will host the PurpleStride Indianapolis 5K run or 1-Mile walk at the IUPUI Wood Fountain Plaza. Fans can join Katie in the fight against pancreatic cancer by signing up or donating to her team. » CLICK HERE to join or donate to Katie's team

Visit www.purplestride.org and click on Indianapolis. Join the Indiana Fever team to run a 5K or walk a mile with Freddy Fever and other Fever Fans while helping advance research, support patients, and create hope. Douglas will be there to tip off the walk prior to shooting practice for the Fever game that night when she will speak to PANCAN supporters after the game. To purchase tickets to the Fever vs. Sky game and attend the Postgame Chat with Katie Douglas, please contact Nathan Burger at (317) 917-2805 and mention PANCAN.

Also, don’t forget to buy tickets for the Fever’s home opening game featuring its Championship Celebration and Ring Ceremony presented by Herff Jones, on Friday, May 31 (7:00 p.m.). The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network will be featured as a Community Spotlight Partner that evening. To purchase tickets, call Nathan Burger at (317) 917-2805 and mention PANCAN.