Colorado residents to gather on Sunday to bring attention to Pancreatic Cancer

 Photo of a past "PurlpeLight" Colorado event.  Photo courtesy Colorado Affiliate Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.
Photo of a past "PurlpeLight" Colorado event. Photo courtesy Colorado Affiliate Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. (KKTV)
Published: Oct. 19, 2019 at 6:57 PM MDT
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Local residents and supporters will unite alongside volunteers of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) Colorado Affiliate to demand better for pancreatic cancer patients at PurpleLight Colorado Sunday, October 20, 2019 on the West Steps of the Colorado State Capital (200 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80203) starting 6 p.m. Registration starts at 5 p.m.

PurpleLight events take place across the country, uniting a grassroots army to shine a purple spotlight on pancreatic cancer. The volunteer-led, free awareness event is intended to illuminate hope for a growing community touched by the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S. with a five-year survival rate of just 9 percent.

Communities from across the state will unite to honor survivors and remember those who have lost their battle with pancreatic cancer. The event is also intended to inspire local residents to take immediate action against the world’s toughest cancer by supporting PanCAN’s urgent mission to save lives and double survival by 2020.

“The devastation of pancreatic cancer isn’t talked about like other cancers, so it can be easily forgotten, and many patients feel alone in their diagnosis,” said a participant at PurpleLight. “PurpleLight is a beacon of hope; it reminds you that you’re never alone and your loved one will never be forgotten. An entire community is fighting the battle with you. That’s an incredible feeling.”

At PurpleLight Colorado there will be a special reading of names honoring those lost to pancreatic cancer, as well as recognizing current survivors of the disease. Participants will stand while their loved one’s name is read to pay tribute and demand better in the fight against pancreatic cancer.

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