NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s New York Affiliate invites the community to rewrite the history of pancreatic cancer and improve patient outcomes by attending PurpleStride New York City on Saturday, April 8, at Prospect Park – Nethermead East.
In addition to local supporters and survivors, PurpleStride New York City will welcome “Good Morning America” weekend news anchor Ron Claiborne and former “Survivor” cast member and season 24 finalist Katrina Edorsson.
Pancreatic cancer is the nation’s deadliest major cancer, with a five-year survival of just 9 percent. As the go-to organization supporting pancreatic cancer patient services and research, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) has an urgent mission to improve outcomes for patients battling the disease today and to double pancreatic cancer survival by 2020.
PurpleStride is a national movement that is transforming the face of pancreatic cancer. Each year, more than 80,000 people in cities across the U.S. participate in PurpleStride 5K walk/run events to raise funds for the organization’s key initiatives, including Precision Promise, Know Your TumorSM and the Patient Registry. PurpleStride has raised more than $76 million since 2008.
Lin Sun, spokesperson for the New York City PanCAN Affiliate, knows first-hand how important these resources are for families who have been touched by this disease.
"I found the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network online after my mother was diagnosed with the disease, and it turned out be more helpful and meaningful than I ever could have imagined,” Sun said. “I was able to connect with a Patient Central Associate who provided a wealth of knowledge on clinical trials, survivor contacts and physician information. Through this, my family found a renowned pancreatic cancer oncologist and my mother received top-notch care for 8 months until her passing in February of 2014."
The New York City event is supported by national presenting sponsor Celgene; national gold sponsor AbbVie; gold media sponsors WABC-TV and WFAN 660 AM/WFAN-FM 101.9; silver sponsors Maureen Data Systems and Perlmutter Cancer Center at NYU Langone Medical Center; and bronze sponsor Pancreas Health Program, Winthrop-University Hospital.
To register, donate or learn more about PurpleStride New York City, please visit www.purplestride.org/newyork. For more on PurpleStride and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, watch the PurpleStride PSA and the organization’s PSA.
About the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) is the global leader accelerating the pace of research progress for one of the world’s deadliest cancers. With an urgent mission to improve outcomes for pancreatic cancer patients and double survival by 2020, the organization, founded in 1999, executes a bold and comprehensive strategy to Wage Hope through research, patient services, advocacy and community engagement. The organization’s visionary goals, world-class programs and services, extensive grassroots network, patient-focused outcomes and advisory board of scientific and medical leaders provide the critical backdrop to help pancreatic cancer patients today and create transformational change for all patients in the future.