Influencers of Hope are notable members of the pancreatic cancer community uniting with everyday heroes in the fight against pancreatic cancer. Committed to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network's goal to double survival, Influencers of Hope raise their voice and take much needed action to improve outcomes for patients worldwide.

andrew Andrew Lenchewski American screenwriter best known as creator and executive producer of the USA Network original series "Royal Pains."
Actress-Anna-Maria-Horsford-starred-in-Friday-The-Wayan-Bros-Amen Angus Mitchell Son of the late, great hairstylist Paul Mitchell, Angus naturally became passionate about the hair industry. Educated at Vidal Sassoon, Angus continues to breathe life into his father's legacy as the Co-Owner and Artistic Director of Education for John Paul Mitchell Systems – the company his dad co-founded with businessman John Paul DeJoria. Paul Mitchell lost his battle with pancreatic cancer in April 1989. Since then, Angus has been inspired to do more for the pancreatic cancer community. He and his mom, Jolina Mitchell, have partnered with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, raising their voices in hopes of finding a cure.
Actress-Anna-Maria-Horsford-starred-in-Friday-The-Wayan-Bros-Amen Anna Maria Horsford American TV and film actress most notably known for her portrayals of Thelma Frye on the NBC sitcom, "Amen," Dee Baxter on the WB sitcom, "The Wayans Bros.," and Ice Cube's mother Betty in the movies, "Friday" and "Friday After Next."
Big D Big D Radio personality and afternoon host of 95.5 The Bull on iHeart Radio. Big D became involved with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network after his best friend's father died from the disease in 2015.
Cydney Daly, Daughter of Coach Chuck Daly Cydney Daly Daughter of late, great NBA and 1992 Olympic "Dream Team" Head Coach Chuck Daly who passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2009. Since then, she has been determined to be a hero not only for those currently fighting the disease, but to honor her dad, who was a hero for many.
Actress-Charlotte-Rae-starred-in-Different-Strokes-The-Facts-of-Life Erin Willett American singer/songwriter most notably known for her appearance as a semi-finalist on NBC's television show "The Voice." She was also one of two final contestants on Blake Shelton's team during season 2. Following the show, she released her self-titled debut EP. Erin continues to give back to the community often partnering with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network to fight the disease that took her father's life in 2011.
Franke-Previte-PanCAN-IOH Franke Previte Golden Globe, ASCAP and Academy Award-winning songwriter for "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" from the 1987 smash hit "Dirty Dancing." Previte remained close friends with Patrick Swayze until the actor's death in 2009. Since then, Previte has generously supported the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, donating all of the film's original song demo sales to the organization. 
Jacie Scott Former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader and former cast member of the CMT reality television series Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team. Scott was born in New Orleans and raised in Monroe, La., where she developed a passion for dancing at an early age, having trained in ballet, jazz, tap, modern and hip-hop since age 6. Her mother, Cathy Scott, lost her 15-year battle with pancreatic cancer in 2009. Since then, Jacie has formed the organization Declare HOPE in her mother's honor. She has also participated in PurpleStride Dallas-Fort Worth and continues to support PanCAN's efforts.
Jolina Mitchell Jolina Mitchell was married to the late, great hairstylist Paul Mitchell, who passed away from pancreatic cancer in 1989. Jolina is the mother of Paul's only son, Angus Mitchell. She is a long-time supporter and ambassador of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. As a cancer survivor, she understands the importance of raising national awareness and advocating for patient needs.
Performer-Lisa-Niemi-Swayze-widow-of-actor-Patrick-Swayze Lisa Niemi Swayze American writer, director, actress and dancer. She is the widow of actor, singer and dancer Patrick Swayze who passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2009.
Actress-Comedian-Writer-Mindy-Kaling-star-of-The-Mindy-Project-The-Office Mindy Kaling American actress, comedian, writer and producer. She is the creator and star of the Fox and Hulu sitcom, "The Mindy Project," and widely known for her work on the NBC hit sitcom, "The Office." Kaling's mom, Swati Roysicar, passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2012.
Mirthala Salinas A leading voice in the Hispanic community with more than 20 years of journalistic experience. Currently, Salinas works as a premier Los Angeles real estate professional. The former Telemundo and KRCA Channel 62 lead anchor/reporter lost both of her parents to cancer; her mother to pancreatic cancer in 2007.
Monica Mancini Concord Records recording artist is the daughter of award-winning film composer Henry Mancini, who passed away from pancreatic cancer in 1994. Since then, Monica has continued to fight for better outcomes for patients alongside the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in honor of her father.
Rolonda Watts American actress, producer, voice-over artist, novelist, motivational speaker and on-air personality. Watts is most notably known for hosting her internationally syndicated, self-titled talk show Rolonda, which aired from 1994 to 1997.
News-anchor-journalist-ABC-Good-Morning-America-World-News-Tonight-Nightline Ron Claiborne American journalist and news anchor for ABC News' weekend edition of "Good Morning America." Claiborne is also a general assignment correspondent based in New York, reporting for "World News Tonight with David Muir" and "Nightline." He advocates for his friend, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2012. Claiborne served as a special guest for PurpleStride NYC in 2016 and 2017.
Ron Rivera
Carolina Panthers Head Coach Ron Rivera became involved with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network after his brother Mickey was diagnosed with the disease. Mickey lost his battle in 2015, only two years after diagnosis. He was 56. Coach Rivera has since then stepped-up to enhance awareness for the disease – speaking on behalf of the organization and utilizing his national platform to rally people to get involved. Coach Ron takes much pride in the relationship he has cultivated with volunteers of our Charlotte Affiliate and the pancreatic cancer community.
Suzi Cochran Suzi Cochran is the widow of country music legend Hank Cochran who passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2010. Cochran is determined to help raise awareness, support early detection research and improve treatment options for pancreatic cancer patients.
Actress-Charlotte-Rae-starred-in-Different-Strokes-The-Facts-of-Life Charlotte Rae Charlotte Rae passed away on August 5, 2018. Her influence remains and will not be forgotten.
American TV actress, comedian and singer most notably known for her portrayal of Edna Garrett in the sitcoms, "Diff'rent Strokes" and its spin-off, "The Facts of Life." Rae was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2009.

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