On November 6, 2011, I’ll be one of more than a thousand people from around the Puget Sound region walking to raise funds and awareness to fight pancreatic cancer. The cause is one that is dear to me – I lost my mom to the disease in 2006, just eight months after she was diagnosed. Before the diagnosis she had been a healthy, active 62-year-old, just embarking on her retirement years.
Sadly, my mom’s story is not unusual for patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States and has the lowest survival rate of any major cancer. 74 percent of patients die within the first year of diagnosis and only 6 percent will survive more than five years. It is the most under-funded, under-recognized and least-studied of all major cancer killers with only two percent of the National Cancer Institute’s annual budget dedicated to pancreatic cancer research. There are no early diagnostic tools and there is no cure.
The Puget Sound Affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network will be hosting PurpleStride Puget Sound on November 6th at Magnuson Park in Seattle. This event is planned entirely by local volunteers and will raise awareness and much needed funds to fight this devastating disease.
You can help make a difference in the fight against pancreatic cancer.
1. Sign up to join us at PurpleStride Puget Sound at www.purplestride.org.
2. Can’t walk but want to help? No problem, you can still make a donation!
3. Learn more about pancreatic cancer at www.knowitfightitendit.org.
The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (www.pancan.org) is a national organization that is dedicated to advancing research, supporting patients and creating hope for those affected by the disease with a goal to double the survival rate for pancreatic cancer by 2020.