CHAPEL HILL, NC (WBTV) - When teams gather at First Ward Park for PurpleStride 2017 on September 9, 2017, they'll be waging hope against pancreatic cancer, one of the toughest diseases known to researchers.
Money raised by those teams helps fund important work to find a better outcome for patients with the disease.
Kirsten Bryant, Ph.D. is a researcher at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. She is a grant recipient from the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Bryant is using that money to better understand how the cells metabolize in hopes of giving treatments a better chance of working.
Kirsten puts her heart into her work for good reason. She lost her father to pancreatic cancer before she finished her graduate work. She's committed herself to help give other families new hope in the fight against this disease.
I spoke with Dr. Bryant from her offices at UNC via Skype.