Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
Advance Research. Support Patients. Create Hope.
The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, a national organization creating hope in a comprehensive way through research, patient support, community outreach and advocacy for a cure, announces PurpleStride Boise 2011. The 5K walk through Ann Morrison Park to promote awareness and to raise funds for pancreatic cancer research will take place on Saturday, September 10, 2011 in Ann Morrison Park. Registration begins at 8am and the walk begins at 10am.
This community event is planned entirely by local volunteers and everyone is welcome to participate. To register, visit www.purplestride.org. The walk begins and ends at the Old Timer’s Shelter in the park.
Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States and has the lowest survival rate among leading cancer killers. This devastating disease has claimed the lives of many public figures, including actor Patrick Swayze, Carnegie Mellon University Professor Dr. Randy Pausch, actor Michael Landon, and opera tenor Luciano Pavarotti.
This year, over 44,000 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and nearly 38,000 will die. The five year survival rate is just 6 percent and has remained largely unchanged in the last forty years because early detection tools and effective treatments have yet to be developed. Despite these sobering statistics, just 2 percent of the National Cancer Institute’s federal research funding is allocated to pancreatic cancer.
To learn more about the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and the Boise Affiliate, visit www.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 increase the survival rate for people diagnosed with this devastating disease through a bold initiative—The Vision of Progress: Double the Pancreatic Cancer Survival Rate 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.