11/11/2014 | Causes, In the Community


#WageHope Against Pancreatic Cancer

We have the best fans in the world.

Not only do you inspire our community of artists on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram by sharing your Pentel-powered artwork; you’ve inspired us with your passionate support for our partners: Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Little Heroes, and now, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PANCAN). And it all started with you.

In 2012, PANCAN volunteers visited our Facebook wall and saw how much support you garnered for Breast Cancer Research Foundation through the purchase of our purple and pink pens. When they pointed out that purple is the color of PANCAN, you all hopped on board to rally another great cry against pancreatic cancer.

2013 marked the first year of our partnership with Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. You responded with gusto, rushing to get your very own violet EnerGel-X pens. We also had the opportunity to donate the official “Violet Pen of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network” to PANCAN for training seminars and community outreach events.

This year, let’s make a point to rewrite the future of pancreatic cancer. The five-year survival rate remains at a staggeringly low 6%. We’ve teamed up with Pancreatic Cancer Action Network once more to make even greater strides against this aggressive disease.

But we can’t do it without you.

Please, join us and PANCAN as we #WageHope against pancreatic cancer. Donate funds; donate time. Raise your voice — on social media; with your friends and family… to anyone who will listen. And continue carrying your violet EnerGel-X pens with pride, for 5 cents from each package purchased will go to PANCAN.


Together we can rewrite the future of pancreatic cancer. Will you join us?





Comment from Ellen
November 13, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Thanks for your support of #PurpleforaPurpose! Together we will #wagehope

Comment from Donna Hager
November 20, 2014 at 3:23 am

to this day, I am so grateful to the girl in your HR dept that responded to my email in 2012 when I asked if there was any way you could help since your purple pens were also advertised in helping The Breast Cancer Foundation because of the color purple being for pancreatic cancer awareness. I had been buying your purple pens for years & merely asked if somehow you would consider helping for pancreatic cancer too. Pentel of America is #1 in my book because you listened to a regular, everyday consumer & came through for thousands upon thousands to help WAGE HOPE for our future. In my mom’s memory, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Comment from Anonymous
November 20, 2014 at 6:42 am


Comment from Nancy Mader
November 20, 2014 at 1:48 pm

I too buy your purple pens! Thank you so much for raising awareness and partnering with The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network! You ARE a HERO in the fight against pancreatic cancer!

Comment from Kathryn Bragg
November 21, 2014 at 6:17 am

I know many of us wrote to you in 2012 asking for your support for Pancreatic Cancer. You responded so kindly. I buy no other pens now but yours. Thank you so very much for support for this horrible beast.

Comment from Pamela Acosta Marquardt
November 21, 2014 at 6:55 am

As someone who has lost her mother and multiple extended family members to this awful disease, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your passionate commitment to the fight against pancreatic cancer! We can’t do it without companies like YOU!

Comment from Dana
November 21, 2014 at 7:00 am

Thank you for your continued support for this organization. I lost my dad in 2011 and have been volunteering ever since!

Comment from MaryKaye Mackulin
November 21, 2014 at 7:05 am

Your continued support means so much to our community! I just ordered my Holiday supply of gel-pens, hmmmm, which ones do you think I picked, lol. As we continue to #WageHope into the New Year – I’d like to wish Pentel of American an Healthy & Happy Holiday Season filled with joy and love. Together we will change the future of Pancreatic Cancer!

Comment from Beverly Weitzenhoffer
November 21, 2014 at 7:14 am

in memory of my husband Mark, and all whose battle was ended by pancreatic cancer, and for those in the fight now or in the future, thank you. #WaheHope.

Comment from Carol Foreman
November 21, 2014 at 7:20 am

Thank you Pentel for supporting the fight against pancreatic cancer! We definitely need more corporations to follow your example of how to #WageHope I LOVE your purple pens!!

Comment from Tara L
November 21, 2014 at 8:00 am

Have always loved Pentel purple pens, now that you support pancan it’s the only pen I’ll buy! Thanks for your support!!

Comment from Fran
November 21, 2014 at 8:26 am

Thank you so much for your support. We lost my husband to pancreatic cancer early this year and don’t want to see any more families endure this loss.

Comment from Jay Hager
November 21, 2014 at 8:40 am

My mother-in-law died from pancreatic cancer in 2005 and I miss her a lot. Thank you Pentel for wanting to help make a difference with this horrible disease by donating to the Pancan organization for more research. Our household is never without your purple pens.

Comment from Jeanette Krantz
November 21, 2014 at 8:45 am

Thank you so much for your support in raising awareness for Pancreatic Cancer. In my dad’s memory I sincerely appreciate your efforts to #wagehope. Thanks again!

Comment from Christi Thompson Merritt
November 21, 2014 at 9:20 am

THANK YOU Pentel for joining the fight against Pancreatic Cancer. This PURPLE WARRIOR greatly appreciates it…..wish more companies would follow your suit!

Comment from Ana
November 21, 2014 at 11:57 am

Thank you for helping us wage hope in the fight against pancreatic cancer!

Comment from Todd Cohen
November 21, 2014 at 2:54 pm

Thank you Pentel for helping raise awareness for this terrible disease!

Comment from Kaci Prunty
November 21, 2014 at 7:17 pm

Thank you, Pentel for making great pens AND supporting great causes! I love my violet EnerGel-X pens – and will continue to use them to #WageHope.

Comment from Carolyn L.
November 21, 2014 at 11:29 pm

It is with boundless gratitude that i thank you, Pentel, for being a corporate role model for waging hope for early detection and curing Pancreatic Cancer.

Comment from Erica Cremar
November 22, 2014 at 7:06 am

Thank you for joining our fight. Your support means so much. I lost my dad and in his memory I appreciate your efforts to join our cause. A million times, thank you. Hopefully now other companies will want to help support a cause that so desperately needs attention.

Comment from Dot Hayes
November 22, 2014 at 7:19 am

Pancreatic Cancer patients have not had a fighting chance in years. Thank you for your support to help our families that have been affected have more hope for the future survival rate of others. My husband,, James R. Hayes, tried his best to survive but Pancreatic Cancer took him anyway. Again, thank you.

Comment from Marilyn Myrow
November 22, 2014 at 9:22 am

Thank you Pentel for all your support. I have always used your purple pens and always will. I also have been touched and lost an immediate family member by pancreatic cancer. Maybe you can put in a good word to other companies to follow your lead. Thanks again.

Comment from Jose de la Madrid
November 22, 2014 at 10:36 am

Can I buy the pens online? I want to contribute and would love to buy several of them for me and as gifts. #WageHope #PurpleForAPurpose

Comment from Ruth Helgerud
November 22, 2014 at 12:34 pm

I am so grateful for Pentel’s support in raising awareness and funds for a cause so near and dear to me. Like so many of the other commenters (most of whom I know–they are all part of my extended “purple” family), I lost a loved one to pancreatic cancer. My mother died in 2002, and I welcome your help as I #WageHope in her name!

Comment from Joanne Brock
November 22, 2014 at 1:59 pm

I am a teacher in Louisville, KY. Both of my parents died from Pancreatic cancer. I wage hope for all of those that follow so that they never have to face the pain and heartbreak of my family. I applaud your company for standing up to cancer in our honor. Thank you for making a difference. I have graded every single paper this month with your purple pens! I teach 2nd grade, so that is literally hundreds of papers!! Your company rocks!!! #wagehope #gratitude

Comment from Laura Cross
November 22, 2014 at 4:09 pm


Comment from Julia T.
November 22, 2014 at 4:23 pm

Thank you for your continued support! Having a partner in this fight is awesome! Thank you!!!

Comment from Cee L.
November 23, 2014 at 1:32 pm

As a teacher, I’ve used Pentel frequetly over the years, especially purple pens for writing. As the widow of a wonderful husband I lost to pancreatic cancer, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for being a corporate sponsor and role model to other companies.to wage hope for early detection and cure for Pancreatic Cancer.

Comment from debbie farrar
November 24, 2014 at 12:15 pm

I support Pancreatic Cancer any way I can, I lost my beloved DAD, to this horrible disease, Oct. 2010, I wear my purple, do the walks… where can I buy these pens to use and share with others???

Thanks for the Support!!!

Comment from Christina McGeorge
November 24, 2014 at 1:29 pm

Thank you Pentel!

Comment from Carole McKinney
November 24, 2014 at 1:35 pm

On behalf of an amazing woman who fought as hard as she could, thank you. Your company and products will always be at the top of my list.

Comment from Charlotte Garrett
November 24, 2014 at 1:42 pm

I LOVE my purple Pentel! Thank you for your support to pancreatic cancer. Together, we #WAGEHOPE for a brighter tomorrow!

Comment from Lou Ellen Tarwater
November 24, 2014 at 1:48 pm

THANK YOU for WAGING HOPE with us, Pentel!!

Comment from Matt
November 24, 2014 at 1:52 pm

thank you for your support

Comment from Alyson Goodwin
November 24, 2014 at 1:54 pm

As a Mom fighting for my life from Pancreatic Cancer, THANK YOU!!!! I’m so grateful to you for helping raise awareness with the deadly cancer!

Comment from Christy Mowell
November 24, 2014 at 1:58 pm

Your purple pens are my favorite! Thank you so much for helping us in the fight against pancreatic cancer!

Comment from Catherine mckinley
November 24, 2014 at 2:07 pm

Thank you, Pentel!! I’m buying all my co-workers the purple pens. #wagehope

Comment from Jann Skelton
November 24, 2014 at 2:07 pm

Just bought them for EVERYONE’s Christmas sock! Pentel…thanks so much for making this commitment and supporting this important cause. I lost my husband, and father to our two young children just a year ago. We have so much work to do…and this is a great step in raising awareness! Will never buy pens from anyone else 🙂

Comment from Randy C
November 24, 2014 at 2:14 pm

Sign me up! Thank you for your support in the fight against Pancreatic Cancer. PC Survivor and still going strong!

Comment from amy vaughan
November 24, 2014 at 3:07 pm

I’m in my fourth year battling. It’s stinks. Diagnosed at 37, didn’t think I would see 40. I did. And 41 is coming up. Thank you Pentel!!! WageHope

Comment from Anonymous
November 24, 2014 at 3:26 pm

Thank you for your support of pancreatic cancer awareness. I lost my husband to this disease last year. He was only 48. With support from fine companies such as yours, there can and will be more survivors.

Comment from Tracy
November 24, 2014 at 3:34 pm

Thank you so much for supporting Panvreatic Cancer and it’s foundation! So very few companies do and we have to salut you a give you a well deserved nod for donating a portion of the sales to this so worthy cause & charity.

Comment from Anonymous
November 24, 2014 at 3:40 pm

Thank you so much!!!! Lost my Grandmother and Mom to this nasty disease!! They were only 73 and 54!
Something must be done! I would rather have a breast cancer diagnosis than pancreatic.

Comment from Niketa
November 24, 2014 at 6:43 pm

Thank you so much! You support is awesome. My hope is to one day see these in the stores until then I will proudly keep ordering them online. Again, thank you for helping us #wagehope.

Comment from USA sherman
November 24, 2014 at 8:56 pm

Thank you so much for having a heart and. supporting

Comment from Winona
November 24, 2014 at 11:36 pm

Thank you for your support of Pancreatic Cancer Awareness and for making violet pens available for everyone to use. My Mother passed last month after a 4.5 year battle with pancreatic cancer.

Comment from Aimee Sherman
November 25, 2014 at 3:47 am

THANK YOU so much for your support I have lost my Dad and 2 friends to this nasty disease. I have met several others who are suffering and fighting the fight. Most of them are under the age of 50! It is so nice to have a company like yours support us in our fight!

Comment from liz Crites
November 25, 2014 at 9:00 am

I’m definitely all about #wagehope. I lost my Dad 35 days after diagnosis when my kids were 2 years and the baby just 4 months.

Comment from Amanda Myers
November 25, 2014 at 11:25 am

Thank you for your support, Pentel! I lost my Dad 7 months after diagnosis at the young age of 47. Life has been difficult without him, but I find comfort in knowing that we are waging hope against this horrible disease. THANK YOU!

Comment from Tami Haslett
November 25, 2014 at 12:16 pm

9 years after losing my sister to breast cancer in 1986, I met my best friend Karen. We became instant best friends. It was like God gave me the gift of a new sister. With my family history of breast cancer, my prodding helped Karen find, fight & win against breast cancer. But, in December of 2011 (then a 7 year survivor of breast cancer) we were all blindsided, when she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. I never realized in this day & age, that these poor people do not have the basic human right to fight for their life, that most other people diagnosed with other cancers have. Other cancers have tests for early diagnosis, & far more advanced treatments. To me, (as well as many others) that is UNACCEPTABLE. I used to be the Queen of the Pink, but I have retired the Pink and donned the Purple to join this fight. And, I cannot thank you at Pentel enough for joining the fight to #WageHope and awareness against this deadly disease.

Comment from Buddy Jewell
November 25, 2014 at 6:47 pm

Thank you very much for joining the fight against PC, which stole my sister at age 55. You have always had a great product. It is good to know you also have a heart. That is becoming rare in the corporate world. Thanks again.

Comment from Anonymous
November 26, 2014 at 7:27 am

In memory of my Mom, who we lost in 2005, thank you so very much for doing your part in bringing awareness to pancreatic cancer! Im going out today to shop and will definitely buy some of your purple pens. Happy Thansgiving to you all!

Comment from Terri Capozzo
November 26, 2014 at 10:36 am

Thank you so much for your support! I lost my husband, who was also my very closest friend, to pancreatic cancer five years ago. Knowing that you have joined our movement to “Wage Hope” against what is a very scary disease means more than I can ever put into words. Thanks again for all you are doing.

Comment from Effie Baily
November 28, 2014 at 2:12 pm

Thank you Pentel for all you do to help WAGE HOPE against pancreatic cancer.

Comment from Mary Young
November 28, 2014 at 5:17 pm

In April, 2005 I was diagnosed with Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma (a 2 cm tumor on the top of my pancreas and two node involvement). While I was undergoing treatment for my own cancer, my youngest sister was also diagnosed with PC and a mere ten months late, she passed. I’m NOT a 9-1/2 year survivor, but rather a pancreatic cancer patient, who still suffers the affects of this cancer daily and just was lucky enough to get an extension. As most “Survivors” will agree, we still live on borrowed time. I pray to our Lord daily, thanking Him for another day I can spend with my friends and family, remembering those who have passed and those who are still fighting it. Then I say a very special extra prayer, thanking Him for being blessed by corporations, such as Pentel, because without our Corporate and private sector individual contributors, there would be no hope of finding a cure. And, although it may be too late for me, it might not be too late for my children, for you see my PC is hereditary.

Therefore, I’m sending a very big THANK YOU to everyone at Pentel. I recommend your EnerGelX pens to all of my friends and family and buy extras to hand out as gifts. It gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling knowing that I can help your corporation in a small way and you, in turn, are giving us hope for a brighter, cancer-free, future. May God bless you all and may your Holiday Season be filled with lots of love, laughter, happiness and prosperity!

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