The Time is Now to Join the Fight against Pancreatic Cancer at PurpleStride Cincinnati

CINCINNATI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#PurpleStride–More patients will die from pancreatic cancer than breast cancer this
year, moving pancreatic cancer from the fourth to the third-leading
cause of cancer-related death
in the United States, according to the
Cancer Statistics 2016 report, published by the American Cancer Society.

To change the course of this disease, the Cincinnati Affiliate of the Pancreatic
Cancer Action Network
is inviting the community to attend
PurpleStride Cincinnati. The volunteer-led community celebration taking
place on Saturday, September 24, at Sawyer Point Park will raise much
needed awareness and funds to support the mission of the Pancreatic
Cancer Action Network to advance research, support patients and create

To register and to learn more visit

Lori Viola, PurpleStride Chair for the Cincinnati Affiliate of the
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, got involved with the Pancreatic
Cancer Action Network five and a half years ago after her brother was
diagnosed with the disease.

“Little was known about the disease when my brother was diagnosed, and I
wanted to change that,” stated Viola. “We have made progress, but not
enough! I urge our neighbors to get involved with PurpleStride so that
we can continue to raise the crucial awareness and funds so that we can
find a cure for this disease.”

The family-friendly 5K timed awareness walk/run will include:

  • Registration at 7:30 a.m., event begins at 8:30 a.m.
  • Kid-friendly activities and “purple play zone”
  • Opening ceremony featuring live entertainment
  • Hosted by WLWT Channel 5 news anchor Sheree Paoello
  • Photo opportunities with Honorary CO-Chairs from UC Health Syed Ahmad,
    MD; Jordan Kharofa, MD; Olugbenga Olowokure, MD.
  • National Presenting Sponsor: Celgene
  • Gold Sponsor: UC
  • National Silver Sponsor: AbbVie

The American Cancer Society reports an estimated 53,070
Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and approximately
41,780 will die from the disease this year. The Pancreatic Cancer Action
Network is working to double survival by 2020 by continuing to directly
fund research, advocate for increased funding and resources from the
national government, raise awareness through community outreach, and
provide excellent patient services and support for novel initiatives
like Clinical
Trial Finder
, Know
Your TumorSM
personalized medicine service and
the Patient

Learn more about how you can support your local Cincinnati Affiliate and
the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network by visiting
Click to view this year’s PurpleStride
and organizational

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on Facebook.

About the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is the national organization
creating hope in a comprehensive way through research, patient support,
community outreach and advocacy for a cure. The organization is leading
the way to increase survival for people diagnosed with this devastating
disease through a bold initiative — The Vision of Progress: Double
Pancreatic Cancer Survival by 2020. To continue to accelerate progress,
a goal to raise $200 million by 2020 is also in place. Together, we can
Wage Hope and rewrite the future of pancreatic cancer.


Members of the media are invited to attend the event, interview and
photograph participants, volunteers and special guests. Please contact
Kylee Burkholder at
to receive further press instructions.


Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
Kylee Burkholder
Relations Associate
Direct: 310-706-3516
Cell: 419-822-6417