WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s National Capital Area Affiliate invites the community to walk to end pancreatic cancer at PurpleStride Washington D.C., presented by the Washington Capitals, on Saturday, June 10, at Freedom Plaza.
In addition to thousands of local supporters, patients and survivors, PurpleStride Washington D.C. will welcome “The Voice” season two semi-finalist Erin Willett, who will perform the National Anthem.
Pancreatic cancer is the nation’s deadliest major cancer, with a five-year survival of just 9 percent. The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) is a trailblazing organization addressing pancreatic cancer through research, clinical initiatives, patient services and advocacy with an immediate mission to improve patient outcomes today and to double pancreatic cancer survival by 2020.
“More than 53,000 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year and 91 percent of those patients will not live past five years,” said Lynn Matrisian, PhD, MBA, chief science officer for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. “Funds raised through PurpleStride help advance pancreatic cancer research and ultimately improve patient outcomes.”
Each year, more than 80,000 people in cities across the U.S. Wage Hope at PurpleStride, the walk to end pancreatic cancer, and have raised more than $76 million since 2008. These funds support the organization’s key initiatives, including Precision Promise℠, Know Your Tumor® and the Patient Registry.
Josh Yazman, spokesperson for the National Capital Area Affiliate, lost his mother to pancreatic cancer in 2014 after a four-year battle with the disease.
“I knew about PanCAN since my mother’s diagnosis, but I didn’t get involved until a friend invited me to PurpleStride in 2014,” Yazman said. “After that first event, I was hooked on the commitment that everyone shared to improve patient outcomes. PurpleStride is an opportunity to connect with thousands of people affected by pancreatic cancer and take actionable steps towards finding a cure by fundraising.”
To register, donate or learn more about PurpleStride Washington D.C., please visit purplestride.org/dc. 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 dedicated to fighting the world’s toughest cancer. In our urgent mission to save lives, we attack pancreatic cancer on all fronts: research, clinical initiatives, patient services and advocacy. Our effort is amplified by a nationwide network of grassroots support. We are determined to improve patient outcomes today and to double survivor by 2020.