Tim's Travels: Purple Pride

By: Tim Elliott Email
By: Tim Elliott Email

This weekend, thousands of people covered in purple will descend on Warner Park in Madison! It's the Purple Stride event to benefit pancreatic cancer research.

The City of Fitchburg will have a team there. They are all coming together to support one of their own .

“I own a lot of purple! I like purple,”

At city hall in Fitchburg, purple is everywhere.

“I'm wearing purple everyday,”

Employees are donning these duds for one reason.

“Purple is the color for pancreatic cancer,”

To support their friend and colleague, Norma Dehaven

“I try not to get emotional but boy there are days where I just can't help it,”

In January, Norma was diagnosed with the disease. Since then, her workplace has turned into one big bastion of support.

“And Norma has one of those personalities that is very addicting, she is very charismatic,” said Fitchburg mayor Shawn Pfaff. “People just naturally gravitate towards her,”

Mayor Pfaff is proud to see his employees display their love for one another in such a public way.

“It's brought Fitchburg city staff and city government together,”

“I love to see people smile,”

Marcie Webster hatched the purple plan.

“We love each other, we love her, we love the cause,” said Marcie.

Everyday at 9 a.m., everyone wearing purple gathers for a group picture.

“We had one guy show up having a sticky post it tie made of purple,” said Marcie. “So we have a variety of people wanted to be part of that one second that you take a picture and it's priceless,”

“Showing that kind of support in a city environment and a government environment is just incredible,”

This cause is near and dear to Amy Jordan. She lost her father to the disease five years ago.

“When I heard she was diagnosed, I came upstairs immediately and said I don't know you that well because you haven't been here that long but I offered her support and encouragement,”

To most, purple is just a color.

“Something as simple as this makes you feel really good,” said Marcie.

But to Norma and her co-workers, it's a symbol of determination.

“The cancer does not consume me,” said Norma. “I'm going to consume the cancer,”

Norma and her co-workers have raised almost $1,000 for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network of Madison. To support the cause make sure you check out the Purple Stride event this weekend.

Purple Stride Madison

5k Run, 2-mile Walk
Sunday, April 28th
Warner Park, Madison
Registration: 7:30 a.m.

Good news too! Norma said recently doctors found that her tumor had shrunk by 35%.


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