Denver, CO, June 11, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- More than 1500 people will join the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network for a 5K run and 1 mile walk to raise funds and awareness about pancreatic cancer, the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States, at PurpleStride Denver 2013 presented by Educational Measures on June 23, 2013.
Participants have their choice of participating in the timed run or making strides during the awareness walk on a 5K course winding through Washington Park. The event will include music and family friendly festivities throughout the day. Registration begins at 7:00 am, opening ceremony at 8:00 am and race start at 8:30am. To register, visit www.purplestride.org/denver.
“PurpleStride Denver 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 Karl Moran, a volunteer spokesperson for the Denver Affiliate of 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 day will honor cancer patients like Charles Baumgardner who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in November 2012 and will have just finished his second round of chemotherapy on race day. Charles' wife Fran joined the fight against pancreatic cancer as team captain of Less Chemo. More Moustache. "Charles has taken to lightening the mood, loving that his moustache did not give in to chemo treatments," said Fran.
Participants will be also be striding as a tribute to those who have passed away from the disease like Johnny Goldberg who lost his battle with pancreatic cancer at age 47 nearly 24 years ago. Johnny's daughter Judy, who was only twelve years old when she lost her father, has since joined the fight against pancreatic cancer as captain of "Team Papa Johnny's Posse." Judy will be striding with friends and family in honor of her father on event day, a group that has raised over $7000.
“We will be joining tens of thousands of people across the country that are taking part in more than 50 PurpleStride events this year and are proud to share one common goal – to end pancreatic cancer,” said Karl Moran. “This year we are not only excited to be hosting our Second Annual event, but that the efforts are led by volunteers who helped Denver win Affiliate of the Year 2013, a national award that was presented by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at the leadership training conference in April.”
Pancreatic cancer has one of the lowest survival rates of all major cancers - 74 percent die within one year of diagnosis and the five-year survival rate is just six percent. A recent report indicates that pancreatic cancer is anticipated to move from the fourth to the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States by 2020, and possibly as early as 2015. Despite these sobering statistics, approximately two percent of the National Cancer Institute’s federal research funding is allocated to pancreatic cancer. This devastating disease has claimed the lives of many public figures, including Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, actor Patrick Swayze, physicist and first American woman in space, Sally Ride, Nobel Prize winner Dr. Ralph Steinman, Carnegie Mellon University Professor Dr. Randy Pausch, actor Michael Landon, and opera tenor Luciano Pavarotti.
To learn more about the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and the Denver 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.
About the Presenting Sponsor
Founded over a decade ago as a technology company focused on data collection and management in the healthcare industry, Educational Measures was created to meet a need in the marketplace; the need to effectively collect and analyze data to its fullest extent to improve physician performance and ultimately patient care. Using their background in technology and education, the founders built a company based on cutting edge technology, innovative thinking and superior customer service.
Today, the company has expanded its services across all industries and added a suite of innovative, customizable products and services designed to help companies properly utilize content and data. To learn more about Educational
Measures, visit www.educationalmeasures.com.