The five-year survival rate for pancreatic cancer is just 9 percent. In order to save lives and double survival by 2020, PanCAN urges the Charlotte community to join PurpleStride. Funds raised through the event support critical research, clinical initiatives and patient services, including Know Your Tumor®, Precision PromiseSM, Clinical Trial Finder and the Patient Registry.
Grace Lynch, PurpleStride Chair of the PanCAN Charlotte Affiliate, lost her niece to pancreatic cancer after a short four-and-half-month battle. She has made it her personal mission to improve patient outcomes.
"Pancreatic cancer is the toughest cancer we face in the world," Lynch said. "The Charlotte Affiliate of PanCAN is dedicated to improving patient outcomes by raising money through PurpleStride, the walk to end pancreatic cancer. Since our first PurpleStride in 2012, we've raised more than $1 million – directly impacting research, patient services, clinical initiatives and advocacy."
The Charlotte community has witnessed the devastation pancreatic cancer causes. Carolina Panthers Head Coach Ron Rivera lost his older brother Mickey two years ago at age 56. In honor of his brother, Rivera has started Team Rivera in support of PurpleStride. Additionally, Harry L. Jones, Sr., former Mecklenburg county manager, died from the disease just earlier this year.
PurpleStride Charlotte will take place at First Ward Park and will be hosted by WBTV's Morning Break team Kristen Miranda, Chris Larson and Coach LaMonte Odums. The event is supported by national presenting sponsor Celgene, national gold sponsor AbbVie, gold sponsors Croixstone Consulting, Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals, Inc., gold media sponsors Beasley Media Group, WBTV and Yelp Charlotte and silver sponsors The LANE Construction Corp. and Red Ventures.