Armin Shimerman is a long-time fan favorite: Pascal in Beauty and the Beast, Principal Snyder in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Quark in Star Trek DS9, and Dr. Nefarious in Ratchet & Clank. He is also a respected Shakespearean actor and an author. Now he adds another role to his resume: cancer fighter.

Alongside two other Star Trek actors, his wife Kitty Swink and actor/director Jonathan Frakes, Shimerman is working as a fundraiser in the fight against pancreatic cancer (Felix Silla died of pancreatic cancer this month).

Kitty Swink is Mrs. Shimerman in her private life. She played a Bajoran government official, Minister Rozahn, and a Vorta military officer, Luaran, in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. She is also a double cancer survivor, both breast cancer and pancreatic cancer.

Jonathan “One Take” Frakes came to fame playing First Officer William T. Riker on Star Trek: The Next Generation and David Xanatos in Disney’s Gargoyles, but he is better known these days as a director.

About PurpleStride

“The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s (PanCAN) PurpleStride is a year-round national movement that funds life-changing programs and services to accelerate progress for pancreatic cancer patients. At nearly 60 PurpleStride events in communities nationwide, pancreatic cancer survivors, families, caregivers, researchers and supporters passionate about changing the future of pancreatic cancer come together to celebrate and honor everyone affected by the disease. PurpleStride is the number-one way PanCAN raises money to fight pancreatic cancer on all fronts — through research, clinical initiatives, patient services, advocacy and nationwide volunteer support.” 

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Susan Macdonald
Susan Macdonald

Susan Macdonald is the author of the children’s book “R is for Renaissance Faire”, as well as 26 short stories, mostly fantasy in “Alternative Truths”, “Swords and Sorceress ”, Swords &Sorceries Vols. 1, 2, & 5, “Cat Tails” “Under Western Stars”, and “Knee-High Drummond and the Durango Kid”. Her articles have appeared on’s web site, in The Inquisitr, and in The Millington Star. She enjoys Renaissance Faires (see book above), science fiction conventions,  Highland Games, and Native American pow-wows.