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Vigil for pancreatic cancer patients set for Sunday

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Purple is the color of hope for pancreatic cancer and the PurpleLight Vigil for Hope is a time to honor loved ones fighting pancreatic cancer and those who have lost the fight. PurpleLight is a way of kicking off November as Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. The vigil will be 5:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at the University of New Mexico Duck Pond in Albuquerque.

PurpleLight is a national awareness of pancreatic cancer and honoring those who have battled the disease.

A family touched by pancreatic cancer never remains the same. The long pause as the doctor tries to find the right words to cushion the blow says it all. The doctor had just read a death sentence.

Pancreatic Cancer is one of the deadliest cancers with a five-year survival rate of just 6 percent with no early detection tools or effective treatments. There is no cure and experts say it is expected to move from the fourth to the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States by 2020.

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network came into being in 1999 after founding members loved ones were diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and their families realized there was a need to create awareness about the disease especially when not even their doctors, knew much about this difficult and at the time relatively unknown disease.

Today, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is a nationwide coalition of people dedicated to advance research, support patients and create hope for those affected by pancreatic cancer. Volunteers from all across the nation join the national effort to increase awareness raise funds and advocate for pancreatic cancer in communities across the country.

It is free and people can register at purplelight.org to get your free purple glow sticks in honor of loved ones.

Contact the regional representative Nancy Murphy-Bowles at nbowles@pancanvolunteer.org for questions and more information.