SEATTLE, Oct. 15, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pancreatic cancer is one of the nation's deadliest cancers, with a five-year survival rate of just seven percent. To improve these statistics and to celebrate Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, local volunteers for the Puget Sound Affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network are calling on the community to join them in the movement to rewrite the future for pancreatic cancer.
The community is invited to attend PurpleStride Puget Sound, presented by LEVL Now, a 5K timed run and awareness walk taking place on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015. PurpleStride events raise awareness and funds for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, the national organization committed to advancing research, supporting patients and creating hope.
Registration for PurpleStride Puget Sound begins at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 1, at Magnuson Park and the event will start at 9:10 a.m.
"It is time to wage hope in the fight against pancreatic cancer," said Elizabeth Jurcik, two and a half year pancreatic cancer survivor and Spokesperson for the Puget Sound Affiliate. "PurpleStride gives people the opportunity make an impact and change the course for this disease. It is encouraging and uplifting to know, as a pancreatic cancer survivor, that our community has joined the fight this November to improve survival rates and outcomes for all affected by this disease."
With more supporters and participants, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network can make strides toward its goal to double survival by 2020 and accelerate its proven approach to fighting the disease. The strategy combines research, builds and sustains federal support, provides support for individuals and families living with the disease through its unique patient services and raises awareness in communities across the country.
Nearly 49,000 individuals will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year and more than 40,000 will die from the disease.
PurpleStride Puget Sound Honorary Chairs include Gabriela Chiorean, MD, Associate Professor at University of Washington, Associate Member at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Attending Physician at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance; Scott Helton, MD, FACS, Director of Liver at Biliary and Pancreas Surgery Center of Excellence at Virginia Mason Medical Center; and Evan Ong, MD, FACS, Chief of Surgical Oncology at Swedish Cancer Institute.
Additional sponsors include:
- Presenting sponsor: LEVL Now
- Regional Gold Sponsors: Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Halozyme Therapeutics and NewLink Genetics Corporation
- Gold Sponsor: Virginia Mason Medical Center
- National Silver Sponsors: Celgene and AbbVie
To learn more about the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and the Puget Sound Affiliate, please visit pancan.org.
Presenting Sponsor: LEVL Now
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 survival for people diagnosed with this devastating disease through a bold initiative — The Vision of Progress: Double Pancreatic Cancer Survival by 2020. To continue to accelerate progress, a goal to raise $200 million by 2020 is also in place. Together, we can Wage Hope and rewrite the future of pancreatic cancer.
Public Relations Manager
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
SOURCE Pancreatic Cancer Action Network