CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It's a great breakfast for a worthy cause: Pancakes for a Purpose will take place this Saturday at 8 a.m. inside the Blackfinn Restaurant located inside the Ballantyne Village.

In addition, signed Carolina Panther pictures, helmets, footballs and other items will be raffled off. Tickets are 5 for $10 and can be purchased online by visiting

Organizers say all of the money will be sent to the Lustgarten Foundation, a group with a simple goal: find a cure for a cancer that takes the lives of 37,000 people each year in the United States.

"It's an awful, awful disease. Only 6% survive more than five years," said host and organizer Tammi Brady. "I had to do something."

Tammi lost her first husband Dave a few years ago to pancreatic cancer. The father of two had no symptoms other than stomach aches. Less than two months later he was gone.

Carolina Panthers Head Coach Ron Rivera's brother Mickey also lost his battle. Rivera and Brady now have a friendship through their heartbreak.

To learn more about the Lustgarten Foundation, and the work they do visit