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Horner Hustle

August 21, 2021 @ 7:00 am - 11:00 am

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Join Project Purple on August 21, 2021 at the fourth 5K Horner Hustle Fun Run/Walk in Park Ridge, IL. This family-friendly race starts at 8:30 a.m., with all proceeds to fund early detection and, ultimately, a cure for pancreatic cancer.

Mike Horner lived in Edison Park with his wife, Heather Dunne and their daughter, Mary Helen. Mike was diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer in December 2015, and lost his battle just 9 short months after his diagnosis at the age of 45. As part of Heather’s promise to Mike, she is committed to teaching Mary Helen the power of family, friends and community. The result of this commitment is the continued partnership with Project Purple by hosting the fourth 5K Horner Hustle Fun Run/Walk in Park Ridge, IL.

Why Project Purple?

Project Purple is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to find a cure for pancreatic cancer and improve the lives of patients through support, hope and compassion.  One of the ways Project Purple raises funds to support their vision is through their running program.  Project Purple teams participate in the top four US marathons including Chicago, along with a number of other races nationwide.

Where does your fundraising go?

  • Research for a Cure or Early Test

Project Purple funds research for early detection and ultimately a cure for pancreatic cancer.  With the money raised through charity events, Project Purple was able to fund a research fellow at the University of Chicago, dedicated to pancreatic cancer research.  To date, Project Purple has donated over $2 million towards medical centers and research fellows committed to pancreatic cancer research.

  • Patient Financial Aid Program

Many patients become unable to work due to extreme fatigue, nausea and other side effects caused by chemotherapy and other cancer treatments.  But just because someone is diagnosed, doesn’t mean the bills stop.  Project Purple provides a lifeline to those patients, assisting with medical and everyday expenses.


August 21, 2021
7:00 am - 11:00 am
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Centennial Park
100 S Western Ave
Park Ridge, IL 60068 United States
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