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PurpleStride Pittsburgh 5K Strives to Double Pancreatic Cancer Survival Rate

WHAT: PurpleStride Pittsburgh 5K Walk-Run
 
WHO: Pancreatic cancer patients, friends and family members, survivors, caregivers and anyone interested in supporting pancreatic cancer research
 
WHEN:
  • 9 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012
  • 8 a.m. for race-day registration
  • Online registration available through 5 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012
WHERE: North Park Swimming Pool Lot, South Ridge Road, Allison Park, Pa., 15101
 
WHY: The PurpleStride Pittsburgh 5K Walk-Run is hosted by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, the national organization creating hope in a comprehensive way through research, patient support, community outreach and advocacy for a cure.
 
The PurpleStride 5K, supported in part by UPMC CancerCenter, is designed to raise money, awareness and support in the search for a pancreatic cancer cure. The organization’s ultimate goal is to double the current pancreatic cancer five-year relative survival rate of 6 percent by 2020.
 
Pancreatic cancer is the fourth-leading cause of cancer death in the United States, and nearly 44,000 Americans will be diagnosed with the disease this year. There are no early diagnostic tools, and many patients die within months of diagnosis. Traditionally, pancreatic cancer research has been underfunded. However, through the efforts of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 80 research grants totaling $12.7 million have been awarded. Fundraising for this year’s Pittsburgh event alone already has reached nearly $75,000.
 
For more information on PurpleStride Pittsburgh, including volunteer opportunities, contact Julie Miller at jmiller@pancanvolunteer.org.

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