United States, Texas, Houston – 05-02-2019 (PRDistribution.com) — Thousands will walk to end pancreatic cancer, the world’s toughest cancer, at PurpleStride Houston on Saturday, May 18, 2019. The 5K walk/run community event, will take place at Houston Sports Park and is hosted by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) Houston Affiliate. Opening ceremonies take place at 8 a.m.; the walk begins at 8:30 a.m. Houston Sports Park is located at 12131 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX 77045.
Before and after the event, participants will enjoy a live rock band, complimentary refreshments, free giveaways, face painting, and games. There will be a place for survivors to gather and connect with one another as well as a “Join the Fight” tent where family and friends can honor their loved ones. PurpleStride participants are encouraged to get decked out in purple outfits, the more festive the better!
Adult timed: $30
Adult untimed: $25
Youth timed: $15
Youth untimed: $10
Pancreatic Cancer Patient/Survivor: Free
Pancreatic cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related death in the U.S. with a five-year survival rate of just 9 percent. In order to save lives and double pancreatic cancer survival, PanCAN urges the Houston 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.
At last year’s PurpleStride Houston event, Gabe Jones, a 35-year-old lawyer, husband, father, and pancreatic cancer survivor was a featured speaker, inspiring the crowd with his incredible positivity and stoic persistence regarding his fight against pancreatic cancer.
Tragically, Gabe lost his battle a few months later, leaving behind a 5-year-old daughter and wife of 9 years, who was also his high school sweetheart. His four-year battle included a Whipple procedure, multiple rounds of chemotherapy, and other grueling treatments. He was hopeful until the end that he would beat this monstrous disease.
Each year since his diagnosis in 2014, Gabe inspired friends, family and coworkers to participate in PurpleStride. His memory will be very alive at this year’s PurpleStride as his team once again commits to helping to end pancreatic cancer.
By participating in Purplestride. Houstonians can join the cause in honor of Gabe as well as the 55,440 others estimated will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the US in 2019.
PurpleStride Houston will be hosted by Natasha Geigel of Fox 26 News. The event is supported by national presenting sponsor Celgene, national gold sponsors AbbVie and Ipsen, and silver sponsor MD Anderson.
To register, donate or learn more about PurpleStride Houston, visit purplestride.org/houston.
To learn more about PanCAN and its signature walk PurpleStride®, watch the
About the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) is dedicated to fighting the world’s toughest cancer. In our urgent mission to save lives, we attack pancreatic cancer on all fronts: research, clinical initiatives, patient services and advocacy. Our effort is amplified by a nationwide network of grassroots support. We are determined to improve patient outcomes today and to double pancreatic cancer survival.
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