2015 Mike Ohge Memorial Golf Tournament Photos

What a SUCCESS! A terrific turnout for the 5th Annual Mike Oghe Memorial Golf Tournament and nearly $5,000 raised for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

2014 Mike Ohge Memorial Golf Tournament Photo Galrery

As can be seen from the following photos, the 4th Annual Mike Ohge Memorial Golf Tournament was fun for everyone.

PurpleMixer – Idaho Falls

Great job by Amy Hanson (The Defining Line Salon) on the 105.5 the Hawk Early Bird Show.  Amy promoted the Pancreatic Cancer Purple Mixer happening in Idaho Falls Saturday, November 8, 2014.  Special thanks to Angela Ragan for arranging the interview and helping promote the event, and of course Don and Rachel at The Hawk. You can hear Amy’s interview now: pan can AMY int KTHK 110714.

Everyone is welcome and tickets can be purchased at the door (The Villa Coffeehouse, 344 Park Ave).  Doors open at 6:30, come early, stay late – lots of raffle and auction items, food, and a no-host bar. All funds raised will benefit the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and Mountain View Hospital is providing matching funds up to $5,000.  Let’s make it our goal to raise $5,000!!  See you there!

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Turnout is HOT for the 3rd Annual Mike Ohge Memorial Golf Tournament

The weather was hot but that didn’t deter the 22, 4-person teams and 16 volunteers who came out to support the 3rd Annual Mike Ohge Memorial Golf Tournament at Eagle Hills Golf Course. Thanks to everyone who played, volunteered and sponsored this year’s tournament to benefit the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. It is the goal of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network to double the survival rate by 2020. For a disease that currently only has a 6% survival rate beyond 5 years, education and awareness along with fundraising efforts by third parties such as the Mike Ohge Memorial Golf Tournament will help make that vision a reality.

Thanks to each and every one of you for playing this year. We look forward to see all of you again next year!

Purple Ribbon 5K Fun Run & Walk

Join Baylee Moore in New Meadows, Idaho for the Purple Ribbon Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 1:00 pm and help her in the fight against pancreatic cancer. The walk/run will take place at the Meadow Creek Clubhouse (1 MeadowCreek Court, New Meadows, ID 83654).

“I lost my Aunt Tammy Blakeway, to pancreatic cancer on November 25, 2011 and this is why I have such a strong passion for pancreatic cancer research. I want to bring hope and faith into the pancreatic cancer community and awareness of this disease in my own community.”

Baylee, a senior at Meadows Valley School is doing her senior project on benefit planning and pancreatic cancer awareness. The money she raises from the walk will go to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, to help “to double the pancreatic cancer survival rate by 2020.”

Purple Ribbon Run Poster (1)

Remembering Dawn Sparks

Dawn Sparks

Dawn Sparks 7/9/59 to 11/11/08

This is our daughter, Dawn Sparks. She passed away from Pancreatic Cancer in 2008. She was 49 years old. She lived in Boise, Idaho for over 20 years. Worked at Sedwick and Argonaut Insurance Companies. In her spare time she was either shopping or trying out a restaurant. BSU Broncos were her favorite football team. Her pets were her children. She adored them. Family was very important to her. Neices and nephew called her “Auntie Dawn”. She was very generous to them and her sister. She lived with her sister the last months of her life. Everyone misses her very much.

Written by Barbara & Byron Champion

In Honor of Robert J. Capozzo

Robert J. Capozzo

Robert J. Capozzo 7/6/1947 to 5/30/2009

Robert (Bobby) Capozzo was born on July 6, 1947, in Rome, Italy, and immigrated to the United States and settled with his parents in Martinez, California in 1954. Over the years he grew to love his new country and all that America stood for. He graduated from UC-Berkeley in 1973 with a degree in architecture, and although his jobs in the ensuing years were in many fields, from sales to design in many different forms, Robert brought ingenuity and inventiveness to every task he undertook. Robert loved ideas and inventions, and was always coming up with a better way of doing things. In 1981 he met his wife, Terri Lynn, and they were married in 1985 after a long, romantic courtship, and began a happy life together. In 2000 Robert and Terri Lynn discovered the beauty of North Idaho and moved to their Garwood home in 2004. Robert quickly became an Idahoan and loved going to church, Friday night auctions, the Coeur d’Alene Fourth of July parade and fireworks, concerts in the park, and enjoying time at the lake, watching the boats and feeding the birds (especially the seagulls) at Independence Point on Lake Coeur d’Alene. After his cancer diagnosis, he found strength and friendship through being a part of the cancer support group at Kootenai Medical Center, and they became an important part of his cancer journey. His illness gave him a real compassion for those around him facing physical challenges, and he would often stop strangers on the street who had an obvious physical illness to give them a word of encouragement.

Although pancreatic cancer claimed Robert’s physical body, his spirit lives on, both in heaven and in the hearts of those whose lives he touched.

Written by Terri Capozzo

NBA officials to wear No. 57 patch during Finals

NBA referees officiating the Finals will wear number 57 on their jerseys to recognize NBA referee Greg Willard who was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The gesture of support for Greg and his family was arranged in cooperation with the NBA.

Greg Willard has been an NBA referee for 24 seasons and has officiated over 1,500 regular season games, 120 playoff games and has been officiating in The Finals since the 2009-2010 season. “Greg’s professionalism and integrity have made him a role model within the NBA community,” said NBRA General Counsel Lee Seham. “We want him and his family to know that our thoughts and prayers are with them.”

Link to the official release>

Our thoughts and prayers are with Greg and his family. Fight, Greg!

In Memory of Bob Rowett

Bob Rowett

Bob Rowett 7/14/1931 to 4/26/2012

Bob Rowett was a Mountain Home Idaho native and served his city, county and state as an attorney, Idaho State Senator and Idaho District Judge. After retirement he continued volunteering and serving on the Idaho Centennial Committee, as a volunteer for the city and county historical societies and with his church. He gave of himself willingly and without question no matter what was asked, humbly refusing accolades always. His quiet wit often took us unaware and his kindness to all never wavered. bob was diagnosed in mid-March, 2010 and died of pancreatic cancer just six weeks later, still researching answers to help find a cure.

Written by Patty Rowett-Matlock

Remembering Barb Hanson

Barb Hanson

Barb Hanson 1945 to 7/2/2000

In loving memory of my dear sister, Barb~~~

Barb was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, November 1999 and passed away 7 short months later. One day she was fine, then the next was given this diagnosis. Barb was an amazing wife, mom, daughter, sister and friend. She loved life and was a very outgoing individual. She fought this battle with all that she had. She lost this battle so now I, her sister, carry that battle forward by volunteering for PANCREATIC CANCER ACTION NETWORK (www.pancan.org) We MUST find an early detection method, to slow this train down and then move forward to a cure!

Written by Barb’s sister, Kathy Hlebichuk