Associates raise awareness and funds for cause close to the company’s heart

West Des Moines, Iowa (April 30, 2024) – Strategic America (SA), an integrated marketing agency with headquarters in West Des Moines, Iowa, supported the fight against pancreatic cancer for the fifth consecutive year through sponsorship of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) PurpleStride event April 27 at Raccoon River Park in West Des Moines.

PanCAN’s work is vital to hundreds of thousands of people diagnosed each year as pancreatic cancer’s survival rate is only about 13%, with diagnoses increasing. The fight against pancreatic cancer is also personal to SA. SA Chairman and Chief Strategist Mike Schreurs lost his wife, Linda Schreurs, to the disease.

“Linda was so important to many of us at SA,” said John Schreurs, SA CEO and president.  “We all remember Linda’s perseverance in fighting this difficult disease. We walk and raise funds in her honor and for all those afflicted by pancreatic cancer. Together, we walk to ignite hope and fight for change.”

SA team members who walked the 5K PurpleStride event were joined by others across the U.S., uniting for the same cause. On Saturday, April 27, nearly 60 PurpleStride events took place across the country with pancreatic cancer survivors, families, caregivers, researchers, and supporters joining together to honor those affected by the disease, generate national awareness and raise much-needed funds for pancreatic cancer research.

“As an organization and as a family, we recognize the important work the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network does to fund life-saving research and provide personalized patient services,” said Strategic America Digital Services Director Claire Schreurs, who lost her mother to pancreatic cancer.  “We’re grateful whenever we’re able to support organizations that have such incredible impact on people’s lives.”

In addition to serving as a Hope Sponsor of the event, SA’s team members raised nearly $4,000 to support ongoing research and patient services.

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About Strategic America
Strategic America (SA) is an employee-owned, integrated marketing firm specializing in multi-location marketing, brand building and customer engagement. Based in West Des Moines, Iowa, and representing a diverse set of clients that span multiple industries and geographies, Strategic America builds brands by using strategy and insights to power engagement and results. SA has earned the 4A’s Workplace Enlightenment certification and is ranked in the top fifteen percent of all independent agencies nationwide. SA is a member of the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4As), the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and Association of National Advertisers (ANA). Learn more at