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PurpleStride to Fight Pancreatic Cancer

PurpleStride to Fight Pancreatic Cancer

by Jennifer Donahue, guest blogger

KING5.com

Posted on October 11, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 24 at 3:40 PM


On Sunday, November 4, 2012 I will join more than 1400people from around the region to make strides towards a cure for the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States – pancreatic cancer. PurpleStride Puget Sound is a 5k or a 1k family-friendly awareness walk/run that supports the important work being done by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, the national organization creating hope in a comprehensive way through research, patient support, community outreach and advocacy for a cure. We are proud to join tens of thousands of people across the country who are taking part in more than 50 PurpleStride events this year. We all share one common goal – to end pancreatic cancer.

Planned entirely by volunteers, PurpleStride Puget Sound is meant as a day of hope and inspiration for people who have been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer as well as a tribute to people who have passed away from this terrible cancer.  Money raised will help fund personalized support for patients, their families and caregivers, as well as supporting research that hopefully will result in better treatment and someday a cure.

I lost my mom to pancreatic cancer in 2006. She was diagnosed just five months after retirement and died eight months later. We were devastated to learn that the treatments available to her were limited, and that she had such a slim chance of survival.  Since my mother’s death I’ve been volunteering for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in the hope that others will have a better chance for a happy ending.

Pancreatic cancer has one of the poorest relative survival rates of any cancer - 74 percent die within one year of diagnosis and the five-year relative survival rate is just six percent, a number that has not improved substantially in more than 40 years. A recent report indicates that pancreatic cancer is anticipated to move from the fourth to the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States by 2020, and possibly as early as 2015. We must change the course of this disease to ensure this projection does not become reality.

Everyone who wants to support the fight against pancreatic cancer is invited to attend the event, which will take place at Magnuson Park in Seattle on Sunday, November 4th. Participants will have their choice of a 5k or 1k walk or run through the park and along Lake Washington. Check-in opens at 8:00am and the event begins at 9:00am. To register, visit www.purplestride.org.

 
Be a visionary in the fight against pancreatic cancer and join me and more than 1200 others for PurpleStride Puget Sound. Together we can make a difference!
 

Jennifer Donahue
 

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