NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 20, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More patients will die from pancreatic cancer than breast cancer this year, moving pancreatic cancer from the fourth to the third-leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States, according to the Cancer Statistics 2016 report, published by the American Cancer Society.
To change the course of this disease, the Nashville Affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is inviting the community to attend PurpleStride Nashville. The volunteer-led community celebration taking place on Saturday, May 14, through Public Square Park will raise much needed awareness and funds to support the mission of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network to advance research, support patients and create hope.
To register and to learn more visit www.purplestride.org/nashville.
Kimberly Facer, Teams Ambassador for the Nashville Affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, knows the devastating effects that pancreatic cancer has on a person and their family.
"Pancreatic cancer quickly took the life of my grandmother," said Facer. "She, like so many others, didn't have time to fight. Prior to her diagnosis, I knew nothing about the disease or the dire statistics associated with it."
Since losing her grandmother, Facer realized the importance of raising awareness and urging people to join the fight.
"The strength in numbers is undeniable," continued Facer. "Uniting with others at PurpleStride to raise funds and awareness brings me comfort. I know the money we raise will lead to earlier detection, better treatment options and eventually a cure."
The family-friendly 5K walk/run will include:
- Registration at 6:30 a.m., event begins at 8 a.m.
- Kid-friendly activities and "purple play zone"
- Light snacks and beverages provided
- Affiliate Sponsor: Jeanenne Thompson Foundation, Inc.
- Gold Sponsor: Still Working Music Group
- National Presenting Sponsor: Celgene
- National Silver Sponsor: AbbVie
The American Cancer Society reports an estimated 53,070 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and approximately 41,780 will die from the disease this year.
The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is working to double survival by 2020 by continuing to directly fund research, advocate for increased funding and resources from the national government, raise awareness through community outreach, and provide excellent patient services and support for novel initiatives like Clinical Trial Finder, Know Your TumorSM personalized medicine service and the Patient Registry.
Learn more about how you can support your local Nashville Affiliate and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network by visiting www.pancan.org. Click to view this year's PurpleStride PSA and organizational PSA.
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.
Members of the media are invited to attend the event, interview and photograph participants, volunteers and special guests. Please contact Kylee Burkholder at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive further press instructions.
Public Relations Associate
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
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