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More than 1,500 Expected at Pancreatic Cancer Action Network 5K PurpleStride Walk/Run

November 10, 2013 at 12:31 AM

WEST ORANGE, NJ -  Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States, and over 1,500 people are expected to participate in the 5K PurpleStride New Jersey at the Mack Cali Corporate Complex, 1 Campus Drive, Parsippany on Sunday, November 10, to raise funds and awareness for the deadly disease.

“One year ago, we had to postpone our event due to SuperStorm Sandy, so we are planning on making this year’s event bigger and better than ever before,” stated Sandi Field, Affiliate Coordinator. “This event is very important to so many that are afflicted by pancreatic cancer and gives people a chance to honor and remember those battling this disease.”

According to Todd Cohen, West Orange Teacher and Media Rep for the Northern Jersey Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, pancreatic cancer has a five-year survival rate of six percent. With no early-detection method or effective treatment options, the disease is currently anticipated to become the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States by 2020, possibly as early as 2015. Cohen became involved with PCAN after his own father passed away from pancreatic cancer 11 years ago.  Since then, Cohen has actively helped to raise awareness of the disease in the North Jersey area, including West Orange township and the West Orange School district.

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“Pancreatic cancer is one of the more overlooked cancers. By creating awareness it allows everyone to be exposed to a very serious health problem that exists in our community,” Cohen said. “In the decade that has passed since losing my father, not much has changed about this terrible disease and every bit of awareness leads us one step closer to finding a cure.”

On September 18, the Alternative Press published information about Abraxane, a potential new drug in the battle against pancreatic cancer.

It is expected that over 45,000 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2013 and nearly 38,500 will die from the disease. Public figures who have succumbed to pancreatic cancer include Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, actor Patrick Swayze, physicist and first woman in space Sally Ride, Nobel Prize winner Dr. Ralph Steinman, Carnegie Mellon University Professor Dr. Randy Pausch, actor Michael Landon, and opera tenor Luciano Pavarotti.

On September 8, the West Orange Police Department and entire West Orange community lost one of their own, lifelong resident Officer Timothy Groves, to the deadly disease.

The event will be emceed by Lauren Scala, Traffic Reporter for NBC 4 New York and Carla Marie, Producer of the Z-100 Elvis and the Morning Show.   Pancreatic cancer survivors, loved ones, friends, and supporters are invited to attend the event which will include refreshments, live music provided by “The Knight Owls” and other family-friendly festivities throughout the day. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the walk begins at 9:30 a.m.  To register, visit

To learn more about the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and the Northern New Jersey Affiliate, visit  




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