Our Story


Our son, William, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer just over two years ago (at age 26). After chemotherapy, radiation and surgery, William is progressing, but in many ways must battle the disease and its effects daily. William’s cancer has now recurred but, thanks to ongoing research, there are new options every day for his treatment.

Through our journey with William, we’ve learned that pancreatic cancer has one of the lowest 5-year survival rates of any cancer and that it is the third leading cause (projected to be the second leading cause around 2020) of cancer related deaths in the United States. Pancreatic cancer can strike without warning and may progress undetected for many years.  When the symptoms appear, it is usually too late for most patients.

The dedicated men and women at Johns Hopkins Medicine are working tirelessly to find new ways to detect, treat and cure pancreatic cancer. Research at Johns Hopkins has already produced the initial phase of a study to detect the earliest precursors of pancreatic cancer to understand how the cancer develops on a genetic level. As with most cancers, early detection is a key to long-term survival.

For these and many other reasons, we are honored to co-chair the Faith Hope Love Gala, to be held on Saturday, January 26th, 2019, at Columbia Country Club in Chevy Chase, MD.  100% of the net proceeds from the Gala will benefit Johns Hopkins Medicine and Dr. Chris Wolfgang’s pancreatic cancer research.

Thank you in advance for your support of this worthwhile cause so that we may work together to find a cure for pancreatic cancer.


Donna and Walter Pennington                                               

Faith Hope Love Gala Co-Chairs                                         


Gala 2019