BOSTON, July 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 American Cancer Society.
To change the course of this disease, the Boston Affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is inviting the community to attend PurpleStride Boston. The volunteer-led community celebration taking place on Sunday, Aug. 14 through Boston Common - Parkman Bandstand 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.
"We're saving lives at PurpleStride Boston," said Michele Wood, Media Relations Chair for the Boston Affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. "Every stride we make directly impacts the course of this disease. Our community needs this uplifting celebration of hope that unites families affected by the deadliest major cancer. It's time to take action against pancreatic cancer and make vigorous steps to double survival by 2020!"
The family-friendly awareness one-mile or three-mile walk will include:
Registration at 10 a.m., event begins at 11 a.m.
Kid-friendly activities and "purple play zone"
Opening ceremony featuring live entertainment
WCVB-TV/Channel 5 news anchor Erika Tarantal to emcee
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.
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.
FOR MEDIA: Members of the media are invited to attend the event, interview and photograph participants, volunteers and special guests. Please contact Michele Wood at [email protected] to receive further press instructions.
Contact: Michele Wood Media Relations Chair Pancreatic Cancer Action Network – Boston Affiliate Direct: (978)-836-6376 Email: [email protected]