PurpleLight Vigil to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer

Posted Nov. 14, 2011, at 8:56 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 27, 2012, at 2:07 p.m.

FAIRFIELD, Maine — November is National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. The illness is the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States.

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, a national organization, is creating hope through research, patient support, community outreach and advocacy for a cure with a goal to double the pancreatic cancer survival rate, which now is five years, by 2020.

“Two years ago I lost my mother to pancreatic cancer just one year after diagnosis,” writes Jan Landry of Fairfield. “I understand firsthand the urgent need to create hope for others and their loved ones. Six months ago, my friend Michele’s mom was diagnosed. We volunteer with the newly developed Sanford Affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, and will participate in one of 45 national PurpleLight Vigil for Hope events across the country to honor those who have or are fighting pancreatic cancer. Our Purplelight Vigil will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, at the Lawrence Junior High Gym, 7 School St. Fairfield.”

For information, visit http://www.knowitfightitendit.org.