Member Profile: The Purple Iris Foundation

The Purple Iris Foundation, established in 2012 by Christina Parrish, a 16 year survivor of Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer, is a registered 501(c)(3) organization based in Brewer, Maine.

Ongoing Projects

The Purple Iris Foundation’s dedicated mission is to raise awareness, offer support, and inspire hope among individuals and families impacted by cancer. They achieve this through a range of support initiatives: They offer patient assistance grants, providing direct payments of up to $500 annually, along with monthly Hannaford gift cards and gas cards to assist Maine residents battling cancer in reaching their appointments.
Examples of covered expenses include rent, mortgage payments, heating fuel, car expenses, and more. This not only provides crucial support but also instills hope in those facing challenging circumstances. Additionally, they maintain regular contact via phone calls or emails to check on their well-being and offer navigation assistance through their cancer journey to those who request it. They also proudly illuminate Maine in purple during Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. This annual initiative holds a special place in the heart of our Founder, reflecting our commitment to advocacy and awareness. They are hopeful, that a spotlight would give them more exposure to the important work we do in Maine.

They are looking forward to working with the WPCC to really make more of an impact in patient lives and outcomes, as well as being able to assist more Mainers battling cancer.

To learn more about Purple Iris Foundation, visit their Member Page