PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 21, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pancreatic cancer is one of the nation's deadliest cancers, with a five-year survival rate of just seven percent. To change the future for this disease and to celebrate Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, nearly 5,000 local supporters will join the Philadelphia Affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at PurpleStride Philadelphia, presented by Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University.
The 5K timed run and awareness walk taking place on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015 at Memorial Hall, Fairmont Park will begin at 8 a.m. with registration opening at 6:30 a.m.
"It is time to Wage Hope in the fight against pancreatic cancer," said Bruce Platt, Affiliate Chair and Spokesperson for the Philadelphia Affiliate. "We are coming together on Nov. 7, to honor those who have fought this disease, and make an impact in advancing research as well as ensuring patients across the country have access to crucial resources and information that the organization provides."
With more supporters and participants, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network can make strides toward its 2020 goal 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 Philadelphia Honorary Chairs include Wilbur B. Bowne, MD, FACS of Drexel University College of Medicine, Jonathan R. Brody, PhD of Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University, John P. Hoffman, MD, FACS of Fox Chase Cancer Center and Ursina R. Teitelbaum, MD of Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania.
Additional sponsors include:
- Presenting sponsors: Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University
- Regional Gold Sponsor: NewLink Genetics
- Gold Sponsors: Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel Medicine
- National Silver Sponsors: Celgene and AbbVie
To learn more about the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and the Philadelphia Affiliate, please visit pancan.org.
Presenting sponsor: Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University
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. Together, we can Wage Hope in the fight against 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 and better treatments and increase chances of survival.
Public Relations Manager
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
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