Purple Stride 5K Walk for Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Networks hosts its first ever 5K Fundraiser in Indianapolis. Saturday June 25, the Purple Stride 5K Walk takes over White River State Park in Indianapolis downtown to raise money for and awareness of pancreatic cancer. This Indianapolis not for profit organization directly funds research and lobbies the United States Federal government to increase research dollars for pancreatic cancer. Support the mission of this noble Indianapolis charity Saturday, June 25 at the White River State Park. Form a team, raise donations and walk for pancreatic cancer at the Purple Stride 5K Run and Family Friendly Walk.
Pancreatic Cancer is an aggressive form of cancer that forms in the tissues of the pancreas. Located in the abdomen, behind the lower part of the stomach, the pancreas is a key organ in the human digestive system. The pancreas contains exocrine glands, which produce enzymes that help the body digest food, and endocrine glands, which help control blood sugar levels by producing hormones like insulin. Cancerous tumors are generally found in the exocrine glands, which are responsible for breaking down fats.

Pancreatic cancer is the ninth most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States. Nearly 43,000 Americans are diagnosed each year. The patient survival rate after one and half years is only 14%, making it one of the most deadly forms of cancer striking citizens.

Founded in 1999, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network has grown into the only national organization fighting pancreatic cancer in a comprehensive way. In addition to funding research and lobbying for increased federal funds, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network also helps patients and caregivers make informed decisions by providing reliable information about various health care options. In addition, this organization encourages both individuals and communities to work together to raise awareness and funds to find a cure for pancreatic cancer.
The Purple Stride 5K Run and Family Friendly Walk is one such event organized by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Advance registration is $25 for all Indianapolis people and $30 on the day of this Indianapolis event. Registration for Indianapolis kids ages 5 to 12 is only $10 in advance and $15 on the day of the event. Survivors of pancreatic cancer are encouraged to participate in the day FREE of charge. Once you register, log on to your personal fundraising web page to encourage friends, family and co-workers to sponsor your participation in the 5K Run and Walk with a donation.

Pre-registration for the 5K runs from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Friday, June 24 at St. Luke’s Methodist Church. Or turn up early the morning of the 5K to register at 9 am. The Opening Ceremony begins at 10:00 am; the race starts at 10:30 am. The Closing Ceremony is at 11:45 am and the Survivor Luncheon at Roberts Park United Methodist Church.

Participate any number of levels to receive prizes for your fundraising efforts. At level 1 raise between $100 and $249 to receive a 30 oz BPA Free Cool Gear Pancreatic Cancer Action Network water bottle. At level 2, raise between $250 and $499 to get a purple fleece blanket tucked inside a draw string bag. Raise more than $500 at level 3 and get a Pancreatic Cancer Action Network traveler umbrella. Finally at level 4 raise $1,000 to receive all three prizes!

Don’t miss this noble cause in Indianapolis downtown at the White River State Park. Located near the Indiana State Museum, the Eiteljorg Museum, the NCAA Hall of Champions and countless other Indianapolis attraction, the Purple Stride 5K Run and Family Friendly Walk gives Indianapolis people a chance to tour the most beautiful parts of downtown.

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Purple Stride 5K Run and Family Friendly Walk
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Starting at 9:00 am

Celebration Plaza at White River State Park
801 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204