Katie Douglas Helps PANCAN stride for a Cure at PurpleStride Indianapolis

By Adara Crooks | June 24, 2013

On Saturday, June 22, nearly 1,400 participants in purple shirts gathered at the IUPUI Wood Fountain Plaza for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s (PANCAN) 2013 PurpleStride 5K run/walk. Katie Douglas was at the starting line to tip off the event as the “Champion of Hope” that raised more than $120,000.

After getting the race started, Katie walked the 3.1-mile course with friends, family and fans to raise awareness and funds to help find a cure for pancreatic cancer. Katie walked in honor of her deceased father, Ken, and thanked the many Fever fans that donated to PANCAN through her team.

Ken was a victim of pancreatic cancer when she was 18 years old. Douglas has used basketball to help grieve the loss of her father, as well as raise awareness and support for pancreatic cancer.

“Basketball was definitely my sanctuary where I could go for a few hours and forget that my dad was terminally ill,” said Douglas. Her 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 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 PANCAN. PANCAN is an organization focused on raising awareness and finding a cure for pancreatic cancer.

In a separate but related community honor for Douglas, she was welcomed into the Marian University Clayton Family Circle of Honor the evening before. A scholarship endowment has been established in her name, recognizing her efforts in the Indianapolis community.