The event will benefit 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. Participants have their choice of participating in the timed run or making strides during the awareness walk on a 5K course winding through Exposition Park. Registration begins at 7:00 am and the event begins at 8:15 am. To register, visit www.purplestride.org/losangeles.
“PurpleStride Los Angeles is meant as a day of hope and inspiration for people who have been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer as well as a tribute to people who have passed away from this terrible disease,” said Yumi Totani, Affiliate Coordinator for the Los Angeles Affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. “We are honored to have several special guests supporting our event this year including former Mayor of Rancho Palos Verdes and pancreatic cancer survivor Larry Clark and Dr. Nicholas Nissen, Director of Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery at Cedars-Sinai, both of which are on the PurpleStride Los Angeles Executive Committee. We are working together to provide real hope to those who have been touched by this insidious disease.”
This year, more than 46,000 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and more than 39,500 will die from the disease. Pancreatic cancer has one of the lowest survival rates of all major cancers - 73 percent die within one year of diagnosis and the five-year survival rate is just six percent. Pancreatic cancer is anticipated to move from the fourth to the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States by 2020.
“Pancreatic cancer touched my life in March of 2013 when I was diagnosed just one year of retiring. Thankfully I was able to undergo a successful surgery and was soon accepted into a clinical trial. My professional career and years of community leadership service have been rewarding and have enriched my life, but I’m not ready to call it a day. Today, I am happy to say that the cancer has not returned and I am feeling great,” said Rancho Palos Verdes retired Mayor, Larry Clark. “I’ve been given my life back for a second chance, and my goal is now to give back to others who are diagnosed with this disease. I have become deeply committed to supporting the organization in its effort to double pancreatic cancer survival by 2020.”
Money raised helps fund personalized support for patients, their families and caregivers, as well as supporting research that will hopefully lead to better treatment options to increase survival for pancreatic cancer patients. We will be joining tens of thousands of people across the country who are taking part in more than 50 PurpleStride events this year and are proud to share one common goal – to end pancreatic cancer.
To learn more about the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and the Los Angeles 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 change outcomes for people diagnosed with this devastating disease through a bold initiative — The Vision of Progress: Double Pancreatic Cancer Survival 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.
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