Celebrities, survivors, caregivers and supporters join forces on a big day to raise awareness and critical funds for the world’s toughest cancer
LOS ANGELES, April 30, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Today, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) hosted its largest annual fundraiser, PanCAN PurpleStride, the ultimate event to end pancreatic cancer. For the first time ever in the history of hosting PurpleStride fundraising events, the campaign brought together local efforts in one day synchronized nationally. From Los Angeles to New York, supporters from nearly 60 communities have traveled the country in solidarity to raise national awareness and much-needed funds to fight pancreatic cancer. Across the country, nearly 60,000 participants, including pancreatic cancer survivors, loved ones and notable people, are raising funds towards an ambitious goal of $16.5 million to fuel PanCAN’s mission to create a world in which all pancreatic cancer patients will thrive.
“PanCAN PurpleStride is the primary way we raise funds to advance progress against this disease and improve the lives of everyone affected by pancreatic cancer,” said Julie Fleshman, JD, MBA, President and CEO of PanCAN. “One of the most special parts of today is this incredible community that comes together, supporters, volunteers, survivors, researchers and medical professionals. In my 22 years with this organization, I continue to to be amazed by the overwhelming outpouring of support for our mission from people and organizations across the country.
At PanCAN’s flagship PurpleStride event in Los Angeles, a number of notable celebrities joined the ranks of the marchers in support of PanCAN’s mission, including National PanCAN PurpleStride Ambassador, actress and producer Mindy Kaling. Kaling lost her mother to pancreatic cancer in 2012, just eight months after the diagnosis.
“I have been blown away by the passion and drive of those helping to end this disease and touched by the stories I have heard from survivors and their loved ones,” Kaling said. “Thank you PanCAN for hosting such a special event to bring this community together.”
In addition to Kaling, celebrity guests at PurpleStride Los Angeles included Jean and Nicky Trebek, widow and daughter of the late Alex Trebek, actor Rosario Dawson, marching in honor of her father who is currently battling breast cancer pancreas, actor Josh Stamberg, who entered in memory of his father, and “Star Trek” actor Kitty Swink, an 18-year-old pancreatic cancer survivor.
Pancreatic cancer is currently the third leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States, with an overall five-year survival rate of just 11%. In 2022, more than 62,000 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the United States and nearly 50,000 will die from it.
PanCAN PurpleStride is generously supported by national sponsors, Ipsen, AbbVie and Immunovia, Inc. For more information about the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and its urgent mission to save lives, visit pancan.org or follow PanCAN on Twitter, instagram and Facebook.
About the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) is leading the way in accelerating critical progress for patients with pancreatic cancer. PanCAN is taking bold steps by funding lifesaving research, providing personalized patient services, and building a community of supporters and volunteers who will stop at nothing to create a world in which all pancreatic cancer patients will thrive.
Media contacts:Jillian ScholtenSenior Public Relations ManagerPancreatic Cancer Action NetworkDirect: 310-706-3360Email: [email protected]
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