The information in this post is copied from a press release.
On Saturday, November 9, 2013, more than 3,000 people will walk and run to raise funds and awareness for pancreatic cancer, the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States, at PurpleStride DFW 2013 presented by Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP and Firebird Restaurant Group.
PurpleStride DFW 2013 will benefit 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. PurpleStride DFW 2013 participants will be able to take part in the 5K timed run or make strides during the 1-mile awareness walk. This year’s event will be held at Klyde Warren Park, one of Dallas’ newest icons, and feature a day of family friendly festivities and music. Registration will begin at 8:00am with the 5K beginning at 9:00am. Registration as an individual or team is available online at www.purplestride.org/dfw.
“PurpleStride DFW 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 disease,” said Mikel Wilkins, Affiliate Coordinator for the Dallas–Fort Worth Affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. “We are honored to have Honorary Chair Terry Landry, partner with the Dallas-based law firm of Cherry Petersen Landry Albert LLP supporting our event this year, as well as presenting sponsors Bell Nunnally & Martin for the third consecutive year, and Firebird Restaurant Group. We are working together to provide real hope to those who have been touched by this insidious disease.”
“Pancreatic cancer touched my life when my mother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in August 2006, a hard-fought battle which she lost weeks later,” stated Honorary Chair Terry Landry. “After learning more about this devastating disease I have become deeply committed to supporting the organization in its effort to double the survival rate of pancreatic cancer by 2020. That is why I was happy to support local efforts by joining PurpleStride DFW as Honorary Chair.”
“Money raised helps fund personalized support for patients, their families and caregivers, as well as supporting research that will hopefully lead to better treatment options to increase survival for pancreatic cancer patients. We will be joining tens of thousands of people across the country who are taking part in more than 50 PurpleStride events this year and are proud to share one common goal – to end pancreatic cancer,” Landry said.
Pancreatic cancer has one of the lowest survival rates of all major cancers – 73 percent die within one year of diagnosis, while the five-year survival rate is just six percent. Additionally, pancreatic cancer is expected to become the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States by 2020, and possibly as early as 2015. Despite these sobering statistics, approximately just two percent of the National Cancer Institute’s federal research funding is allocated to pancreatic cancer.
Not only has pancreatic cancer claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of loved ones, it has also taken the lives of many public figures, including Apple co-founder Steve Jobs; actor Patrick Swayze; physicist and first American woman in space, Sally Ride; Nobel Prize winner Dr. Ralph Steinman; Carnegie Mellon University Professor Dr. Randy Pausch; actor Michael Landon; and opera tenor Luciano Pavarotti.
To learn more about the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and the Dallas-Fort Worth Affiliate, visit www.pancan.org.
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About the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is the national organization creating hope in a comprehensive way through research, patient support, community outreach and advocacy for a cure. The organization is leading the way to increase the survival rate for people diagnosed with this devastating disease through a bold initiative—The Vision of Progress: Double the Pancreatic Cancer Survival Rate by 2020. Together, we can know, fight and end pancreatic cancer by intensifying our efforts to heighten awareness, raise funds for comprehensive private research, and advocate for dedicated federal research to advance early diagnostics, better treatments and increase chances of survival.
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