DETROIT, April 23, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Only seven percent of people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the United States will survive more than five years. This year the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network will take the fight against this deadly disease to a new location at Detroit's own Ford Field for #PurpleStride Detroit where nearly 5,000 supporters will join the movement to Wage Hope and double pancreatic cancer survival by 2020. The 1-mile family-friendly awareness walk will take place on Saturday, May 2 to raise awareness and funds to support the mission of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network to advance research, support patients and create hope.
To learn more and register visit purplestride.org.
PurpleStride Detroit will be a day of hope and inspiration, where participants can come together to honor those who have been affected by pancreatic cancer. The event will host pancreatic cancer survivors, loved ones, and supporters in the community who have joined the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in its efforts to double survival by 2020, including Director of the Gastrointestinal Oncology Program and Pancreatic Cancer Center at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, Diane Simeone, MD.
"Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest cancers in the United States," stated Dr. Simeone, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Scientific and Medical Advisory Board Member. "PurpleStride Detroit is an opportunity to not only come together to raise awareness about a disease that needs to be better understood, but to raise funds that will contribute to research that has the potential to make true inroads towards scientific and medical breakthroughs that will improve patient outcomes."
PurpleStride Detroit event details:
- Saturday, May 2, 2015 at Ford Field
- Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and the event will start at 9:30 a.m.
- 1-mile family-friendly awareness walk
- Family friendly activities throughout the day including –
- Walk through the players tunnel onto the field to reach the finish line
- Giant family-friendly slide on the players field
- Quarterback Challenge – target toss on the players field
- Pass & Kick Dual Challenge – test your kicking skills on the mini uprights on the players field
- National Silver Sponsors:
This year, it is estimated 48,960 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and approximately 40,560 will die from the disease. It is currently the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States. A study by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, published in the journal Cancer Research, predicts that by 2020 pancreatic cancer will surpass breast and colorectal cancer to become the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States.
To learn more about the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and the Detroit Affiliate, visit pancan.org.
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 change outcomes for people diagnosed with this devastating disease through a bold initiative — The Vision of Progress: Double the Survival for Pancreatic Cancer 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.
Register today for PurpleStride Detroit!
Public Relations Manager
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
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SOURCE Pancreatic Cancer Action Network