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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

NEXT Friday is World Pancreatic Cancer Day.

You don’t hear much about this type of cancer. It’s a particularly nasty disease. I learned about it when my grandfather died my first day of 7th grade. I watched him go from a big, loud, opinionated Grampy to a very small man in a hospital bed. At least that’s how my 12-year-old girl memories feel.

Tracey Rader also understands pancreatic cancer. Her dad, John Pron, died this past May. He’d only been diagnosed in January. 

Five short months. 

This picture is of Tracey and her dad on her wedding day.

“Maybe you could highlight him one day before November 13th?” she wrote in an email. "I don't mean to be pushy, but the disease has to get more attention if we’re going to improve survival rates.”

John was 64 years old and diagnosed with very little warning.

"He was in the best shape of his life at the time," Tracey said. "This disease is so horrific… so fast, so grossly-underfunded... did you know the 5-year survival rate for pancreatic cancer is just 7.2%? It’s one of the ONLY cancers that has a single digit 5-year survival rate.” 

Tracey is asking everyone to wear purple next Friday.

“We’re asking the world to wear our color of awareness,” she said. “It’s a small thing we can do to get more attention for this deadly cancer.”

To learn more go here >> http://www.pancreaticcanceraction.org/

Or, here >> http://www.npcf.us/

Or, listen to Jamie Boll WBTV's compelling conversation with Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera about Rivera's brother >> http://tinyurl.com/q65cxsc

(If you are specifically wanting more on World Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Day, go here >> https://www.facebook.com/events/878746808881839/)

Thanks for writing, Tracey.

Purple next Friday. Got it.

Bet your dad would be proud knowing you’re trying to make such a difference.

**Editor’s note: This was oringinally posted by WBTV Anchor Molly Grantham on her Facebook page – which is why it’s written in a personal way.**

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