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PurpleStride walk for pancreatic cancer set for Nov. 11 at Klyde Warren Park in Dallas

Thousands are expected to walk to end pancreatic cancer, the world’s toughest cancer, at PurpleStride Dallas-Fort Worth on Saturday, Nov. 11. The community event presented by Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP is hosted by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) Dallas-Fort Worth Affiliate.

PurpleStride events raise critical funds for the mission of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, and give local residents the opportunity to help make strides toward a better future, a press release stated. With every dollar raised for PurpleStride, another patient gets vital information and resources; another researcher gets a chance at finding an early detection tool or new treatment option. Registering at www.purplestride.org.

PanCAN is dedicated to fighting the world’s toughest cancer. In its mission to save lives, we attack pancreatic cancer on all fronts: research, clinical initiatives, patient services and advocacy. It’s effort is amplified by a nationwide network of grassroots support.

The five-year survival rate for pancreatic cancer is just 9 percent. Funds raised through the event support critical research, clinical initiatives and patient services, including Know Your Tumor®, Precision Promise,  Clinical Trial Finder and the Patient Registry.

Harley Sterns, a pancreatic cancer survivor, has made it his personal mission to improve patient outcomes since joining the local affiliate in November 2013.

“I realized that PurpleStride was a way to raise money and awareness for this terrible disease,” stated Sterns, the 70-year-old North Richland Hills resident, in the press release. “It is important to me and my family to help raise money for research so hopefully the life expectancy can increase and a cure can be found. I may not have a lot of time, but I will help however I can and continue to raise awareness for pancreatic cancer.”

Texas – where more than 77,000 PanCAN supporters reside – has played an integral role in changing the course of pancreatic cancer. In fact, Texas-based researchers have received over 10 percent of the research grants PanCAN has awarded since 2003.

PurpleStride Dallas-Fort Worth will take place at Klyde Warren Park and will be hosted by CBS 11 senior investigative reporter Ginger Allen. The event is supported by national presenting sponsor Celgene, presenting sponsor Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP, national gold sponsor AbbVie, gold sponsors Methodist Digestive Institute and Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals Inc., gold media sponsors CBS 11 and TXA 21, and iHeart DFW, silver sponsor Cherry Peterson Landry Albert LLP and bronze sponsor North Dallas Bank & Trust Co.

To register, donate or learn more about PurpleStride Dallas-Fort Worth, visit purplestride.org/dfw.

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