Project Purple funds research at medical center

Tufts Medical Center has established the Project Purple Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund, created with a $35,000 charitable gift commitment from the Connecticut-based Project Purple.

The nonprofit Project Purple was established in 2010 by Shelton resident Dino Verrelli after his late father John was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Paula Verrelli, John’s wife and Dino’s mother, also lives in Shelton.

The fund will be used only for pancreatic cancer research and related educational purposes at the Tufts Cancer Center in Boston. It will be supervised by Dr. Wasif Saif, director of the gastrointestinal oncology program at the Tufts facility.

“This fund follows in our mission of helping to fund a cure for pancreatic cancer,” said Dino Verrelli, board chairman of Project Purple. He said the organization is excited to partner “with the amazing staff at Tufts Cancer Center.”

Project Purple raises awareness and funds for a cure of pancreatic cancer, which is the fourth largest killer of all cancers. Learn more at