Night of Hope Glows Against Cancer
Posted at: 11/03/2013 9:21 PM
| Updated at: 11/03/2013 10:40 PM
A Purple Night of Hope and Remembrance was held at the College of St. Scholastica Sunday night.
The ceremony serves to remember loved ones lost to pancreatic cancer, and honor those still fighting. The survival rate for the cancer is low, and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network has plans to change that.
"The staggering survival rate of only 6 percent is just unacceptable," said Nancy Marian, the volunteer media representative for the Center. "So we are hoping that through continuing research and fundraising, we're going to make strides and our goal is to double the survival rate by 2020."
Marian lost her mother to pancreatic cancer in 2008, and she's not the only one affected. Jenny Falk has lost four loved ones to the disease, most recently her mother a year and a half ago. Falk participated in the Night of Hope, and helped coordinate last year's Grandma's Marathon fundraiser. She said she participates in events like this to remember her loved ones.
"I have three young kids, so it's important to me to make sure that they remember those," she said. "Especially my daughter, who's just a year, was born about five months after my mom died, so she never got to meet her. So I want to make sure that she knows what a great person my mom was."
Anyone interested in supporting survivors can join Team Hope in any Grandma's Marathon race next year. The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network uses the funds raised to benefit pancreatic cancer research and patient care.