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PurpleLight National Vigil for Hope

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Local residents are turning Charlotte purple on Sunday to call attention to one of our nation's deadliest cancers – pancreatic cancer.

PurpleLight National Vigil for Hope is an effort by 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, to honor those who have fought pancreatic cancer and celebrate survivors, while raising community awareness about the devastating disease. 

The event is among 60 PurpleLight vigils taking place across the country with thousands expected to turn out in honor of a loved one or friend. November is also Pancreatic cancer awareness month.

Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States and is the only major cancer with a five-year survival rate in the single digits at just six percent. 

This year, nearly 44,000 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and more than 37,000 will die from the disease. In fact, 74 percent of patients die within the first year of diagnosis. There are no early detection methods and few effective treatment options exist. 

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