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Duluth Woman Continues Father's Fight Against Pancreatic Cancer

Baihly Warfield
Updated: November 18, 2019 09:09 PM

The American Cancer Society says only about 1 percent of people with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer will live five years or longer. The disease has a very low survival rate, which Pamela Marshall knows all too well. 

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Her father lived 172 days after his diagnosis, which was even longer than the doctors expected. She promised him she would keep up the fight, so Monday was her second annual fundraiser for research and to support families. 

"I just think people don't realize how common it is," Marshall said. "I don't think people realize it's the third leading cause of death, cancer-related death in the United States." 

There was a silent auction at Clyde Iron Works, and she also hoped people affected by the cancer would come to share stories and support with others who understand.

"My hope is to just keep raising awareness and raising funds so that purple can be as big as pink," she said. "We need more money to support research and funding for earlier detection."

Mayor Emily Larson proclaimed Thursday as World Pancreatic Cancer Day in Duluth, and Enger Tower will be lit purple that night. 

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