PurpleStride 2017 has a fabulous fun new location

PurpleStride 2017 has a fabulous fun new location

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - This year's PurpleStride, The Walk To End Pancreatic Cancer, has a new location in 2017.

The September 9 event will be held at First Ward Park located at the corner of 7th Street and Brevard just outside uptown Charlotte.

The family friendly event welcomes anyone touched by pancreatic cancer and those who just want to help those fighting the disease Wage hope.

We are less than a month out, and while The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Charlotte Affiliate is on par to exceed their fundraising goals, they would love to have you contribute to their cause.

Money raised at the walk goes to help critical research to find tools for early detection.

Here at WBTV.com/PurpleStride we've been sharing stories about this very tough cancer. The organization hopes to double the survival rate by 2020!

Right now, an estimated fifty thousand people are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer annually.

While a small percentage have a family history of the disease, many are not diagnosed until the cancer is in the advanced stages. That is where your donation, large or small, comes in.

Grace Lynch is PurpleStride Chair. She works tirelessly on the event in memory of her niece, Carmen Reyes. Grace made a promise to keep Carmen's memory alive and does so, as many others do, through their teams at PurpleStride.

You can learn more about contributing at PanCAN.org and we'd love you to consider joining the WBTVandMe team.

We're committed to helping raise awareness about a disease that, according to The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, surpassed breast cancer as the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in 2016. We hope to see you at First Ward Park September 9!

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