I am a member of the Purple Army that is trying to raise awareness of Pancreatic Cancer, and we are EVERYWHERE. Pancreatic Cancer is one of the deadliest cancers and has moved from the 4th leading cause of cancer death to the 3rd (source: www.pancan.org).
Each year our organization holds PurpleStride, a 5K family friendly run/walk to raise awareness and funds in the fight against Pancreatic Cancer. This is one of the most underfunded cancers. More voices are needed to reach the community and to make sure our elected officials are informed. Event day is filled with motivation, passion and hope. The survivors keep me motivated. Their personal journeys of strength touch so many of us. They constantly drive me to want to do as much as I can. I have learned from each survivor of their struggles, fight, and their positive attitude.
This year we had approximately 2300 participants with ONLY about 30 Survivors in attendance. The 5 year survival rate sits at an unacceptable 8%. (source: www.pancan.org). Our mission is simple and clear; double the survival rate by 2020.
Some folks have never even heard of Pancreatic Cancer. They are very lucky. Still, I would encourage everyone to educate themselves on the signs and symptoms of this horrible disease. Early detection is key. Currently, there is no actual early detection method, but if you know the symptoms, you can talk with your doctor and be your own advocate.
November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month (#Pancaware) and November 17th is World Pancreatic Cancer Day. Show your support by wearing purple in your community on Thursday (#InItTogether). More voices are needed now to press Congress to make pancreatic cancer research a national priority.
For more information on Pancreatic Cancer visit: www.pancan.org.
If you want to join the fight, please email me at Pgirimonte@pancanvolunteer.org
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