Press Release for Sky Foundation Autumn Stroll

Sky Foundation Annual October Walk Raises Record $40,000 for University of Michigan Pancreatic Cancer Research Team 

Amy Hennes
(248) 961-0644


More than 550 participated across the country.


For Immediate Release – Oct. 14, 2020 – Birmingham, Mich. — Sky Foundation’s annual Autumn Stroll Oct. 4, raised more than $40,000 for the University of Michigan Pancreatic Cancer Research Teams.


Participants walked, ran, swam and / or gathered with friends to honor loved ones affected by the third deadliest cancer, and help others know the symptoms.


Sky Foundation was established by Sheila “Sky” Kasselman in 2008 following diagnosis and treatment for pancreatic cancer.  The Foundation’s goal is to find an early detection method to increase survival rates. It works with researchers in Michigan and around the country to put an end to this disease.


“Our 25 team leaders and volunteers were key to our success – our boots on the ground,” said Edna Gray, survivor, and co-chair of the event with Kasselman. “This cancer touches too many lives but together we know we can make a difference.”


Sky Foundation’s team will hold their 12th Annual Celebration on Nov. 8 which will include a research update, silent and live auctions, and a chance to win a $1000 gift card to the Somerset Collection. Detroit’s own Guy Gordon of WJR Newsradio 760 will serve as the event’s emcee.


“While we have different levels of participation, the only cost to log into the event and enter the gift card drawing is the opportunity to learn more about this cancer,” said Kasselman. “If we help one person discover the hidden signs of pancreatic cancer early, then events like the walk and the annual celebration are a success.”


Photos and personal “Why I Walk” stories from the Autumn Stroll can be found on Sky Foundation’s Instragram page. Information on the Nov. 8 event can be found at or visit their website at



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