SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--More patients will die from pancreatic cancer than breast cancer this year, moving pancreatic cancer from the fourth to the third-leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States, according to the Cancer Statistics 2016 report, published by the American Cancer Society.
To change the course of this disease, the Puget Sound Affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is inviting the community to attend PurpleStride Puget Sound presented by Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. The volunteer-led community celebration taking place on Sunday, October 30, through Magnuson Park will raise much needed awareness and funds to support the mission of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network to advance research, support patients and create hope.
To register and to learn more visit www.purplestride.org/pugetsound.
Local pancreatic cancer survivor and spokesperson for the Puget Sound Affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Scott Strong is ready to raise awareness in his local community.
“We’re here to save lives at PurpleStride Puget Sound,” stated Strong. “I was diagnosed in the fall of 2008. I am proof that hope does exist, but unfortunately that isn’t the norm. Ninety-two percent of pancreatic cancer patients will die within the first five-years of diagnosis. We will continue to lose our loved ones with every minute that passes without a cure.”
The family-friendly 5K timed awareness walk/run will include:
- Registration at 8 a.m., event begins at 9:10 a.m.
- Kid-friendly activities and “purple play zone”
- Hosted by KIRO 7’s TV anchor Monique Ming Laven
- Presenting Sponsor: Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
- Regional Gold Sponsor: Cancer Treatment Centers of America
- Gold Sponsors: Virginia Mason, LEVL
- Gold Media Sponsor: KIRO 7
- National Presenting Sponsor: Celgene
- National Silver Sponsor: AbbVie
The American Cancer Society reports an estimated 53,070 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and approximately 41,780 will die from the disease this year. The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is working to double survival by 2020 by continuing to directly fund research, advocate for increased funding and resources from the national government, raise awareness through community outreach, and provide excellent patient services and support for novel initiatives like Clinical Trial Finder, Know Your TumorSM personalized medicine service and the Patient Registry.
Learn more about how you can support your local Puget Sound Affiliate and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network by visiting www.pancan.org. Click to view this year’s PurpleStride PSA and organizational PSA.
About the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is the national organization creating hope in a comprehensive way through research, patient support, community outreach and advocacy for a cure. The organization is leading the way to increase survival for people diagnosed with this devastating disease through a bold initiative — The Vision of Progress: Double Pancreatic Cancer Survival by 2020. To continue to accelerate progress, a goal to raise $200 million by 2020 is also in place. Together, we can Wage Hope and rewrite the future of pancreatic cancer.
Members of the media are invited to attend the event, interview and photograph participants, volunteers and special guests. Please contact Liz Jurcik at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive further press instructions.