About the Crew
Ken Conrad passed away in December 2015 from pancreatic cancer, just 10 weeks after his diagnosis. Looking for ways to support cancer research, his 'crew' of friends and family focused on his love of deep sea fishing. We renamed his boat the ‘Ken’s Crew’, painted it pancreatic cancer purple, and got permission to add the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PANCAN) logo to the stern. We started selling ‘Ken’s Crew’ merchandise, hosting oyster roasts and silent auctions, and entering fishing tournaments to raise money and awareness.
In November 2018 Ken's wife, Lee Conrad, passed away from leukemia, which was another gut punch but hasn’t affected our resolve. Instead we added leukemia orange to our merchandise, revised the logo to ‘Ken & Lee’s Crew’, and doubled down on our fundraising.
As of May 2023, we have raised over $260,000 to further cancer research through UNC Chapel Hill’s Children’s Hospital and PANCAN, including over $110,000 raised as part of the 2023 Reelin for Research Tournament.
Please join us and donate what you can. Every dollar helps!