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Pittsburgh Event to Shine a ‘PurpleLight’ on Pancreatic Cancer

WHAT: The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network—Pittsburgh Affiliate will join thousands nationwide at one of more than 80 PurpleLight community events being held across the country. PurpleLight participants honor pancreatic cancer survivors, inspire those who have been touched by the disease, and remember those who have lost the fight by lighting the sky purple, the color of pancreatic cancer awareness.
WHO: Pancreatic cancer survivors, their family members and friends will be joined by Herbert J. Zeh, M.D., UPMC Division Chief, GI Surgical Oncology, co-director of the UPMC Pancreatic Cancer Center, and volunteers from the Pittsburgh Affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.
WHEN: Sunday, March 1
  • Registration begins at 4 p.m.
  • Event will take place from 5 to 6 p.m.
WHERE: Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum, 4141 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, Pa., 15213 
WHY: This year, an estimated 49,000 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and more than 40,500 will die from the disease. Only 7 percent of those diagnosed survive more than five years. 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. PurpleLight’s goal is to raise pancreatic cancer awareness in an effort to double the survival rate of the disease by 2020.
During the PurpleLight event, the names of those lost to pancreatic cancer and those who are survivors will be read. Over 200 Family, friends and survivors in attendance will be asked to stand and illuminate a purple glow stick when their or their loved one’s name is read aloud.

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