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New Jersey Residents Will Be A Part Of A Nationwide Effort To Turn The Country Purple On October 25th In Honor Of Pancreatic Cancer Victims

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - This Sunday, October 25th, the Central New Jersey Affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network will join with roughly 60 other affiliates nationwide to call attention to one of our nation's deadliest cancers-pancreatic cancer.

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, the national organization creating  hope in a comprehensive way through research, patient support, community outreach and advocacy for a cure is proud to be hosting our Purple Light National Vigil For Hope. Purple Light is our annual event which honors those who have fought pancreatic cancer and lost their battle, as well as celebrating those who are survivors, all while raising community awareness about this devastating disease. The 60 events taking place nationwide is expected to draw thousands of people who will come out to honor a loved one or a friend.

Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States and is the only major cancer with a five-year survival rate in the single digits at just seven percent.  This year, nearly 49,000 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and more than 40,000 will die from the disease. In fact, 72 percent of patients die within the first year of diagnosis. There are no early detection methods and few effective treatment options exist.

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The event in Central New Jersey will feature guest speakers ranging from legislators to healthcare representatives, as well as survivors. It all culminates at sunset with our annual Purple Light tribute. It will be held at the Albert Hinds Plaza in Princeton, at 55 Witherspoon Street (near Hulfish St). Parking is near the plaza. Registration will begin at 5:30 PM, with ceremonies commencing at approximately 6:00 PM.

For more information, please visit www.purplelight.org

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