Diane Borrison, a Bay Area resident, understands the importance of PurpleStride and its impact on the pancreatic cancer community – both locally and nationally.
“As an 11-year pancreatic cancer survivor, I have a responsibility to do all I can to change the course of this devastating disease,” Borrison said. “I choose to fundraise for PurpleStride because I know that the money raised will be used to advance critical pancreatic cancer research and clinical initiatives. Through fundraising, we can create a better future for all pancreatic cancer patients.”
Each year, more than 80,000 people in cities across the United States Wage Hope at PurpleStride, the walk to end pancreatic cancer. Each participant walks to improve outcomes for the nation’s deadliest cancer, one that has a five-year survival of just 9 percent.
Funds raised through PurpleStride allow the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) to attack pancreatic cancer on all fronts: research, clinical initiatives, patient services and advocacy.
Since 2003, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network has awarded 142 grants to 143 scientists at 55 institutions, totaling $35.4 million. In addition to supporting research grants, PanCAN supports key initiatives like Precision PromiseSM, Know Your Tumor® and the Patient Registry.
“Our goal at the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is to double survival by 2020 and we are committed to making that happen,” said Julie Fleshman, JD, MBA, President and CEO of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. “PurpleStride is allowing us to fund key initiatives that will improve patient outcomes and ultimately help us reach our 2020 goal.”
PurpleStride San Francisco will be hosted by National Emmy Award winner and CBS San Francisco anchor Joe Vazquez and will include kid-friendly activities and a purple play zone. The San Francisco event is supported by national presenting sponsor Celgene; national gold sponsor AbbVie; regional gold sponsor Cancer Treatment Centers of America, gold sponsor Halozyme, gold media sponsor KPIX5/KBCW 44 Cable 12, and silver sponsor Clovis Oncology.
To register, donate or learn more about PurpleStride San Francisco, please visit purplestride.org/sanfrancisco.
For more on PurpleStride and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, watch the PurpleStride PSA and the organization’s PSA. Follow the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network on Twitter, Instagram or on Facebook.
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.