CITY OF BURNSVILLE RECOGNIZES NATIONAL PANCREATIC CANCER AWARENESS MONTH
Burnsville, MN, Nov. 7, 2012— Juan Falcon, Burnsville resident and pancreatic cancer survivor, was one of a group of residents celebrating as Mayor Kautz proclaimed November as National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month at Monday's city council meeting. "Tonight is a step towards bringing attention to this deadly disease in the hopes that more will know the urgent need for more research funding for early detection tools and effective treatment options for patents," explains Nancy Marian, Burnsville resident whose family has been affected by pancreatic cancer.
"Each November, volunteers with the Twin Cities Affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network raise their voices, share their personal stories and build awareness about pancreatic cancer. Through these efforts we hope to educate the community about the urgency of this expanding movement to know, fight and end pancreatic cancer,” stated Brenda Coleman Coordinator.
The Twin Cities affiliate invites everyone to help create awareness on Friday, November 16th with "Purple for a Purpose" Day. Residents can turn themselves purple, their office purple, their school purple, and their family and friends purple. All members of the community are also invited to participate in the following activities during National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month:
- Alex and Ani “Today is an Opportunity.” 20 percent of all "Today is an Opportunity Bangle" sales will go directly to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Visit www.alexandani.com.
- Tempur-Pedic® 2012 Hugs Back Campaign – During the month of November, Tempur-Pedic will contribute $10 up to a maximum or $150,000 to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network for every individual who tests a Tempur-Pedic mattress. To learn more or find a retailer, visit www.tempurpedichugsback.com
- Z Gallerie - will donate $1 for every “like” and “share” up to $1,000 on a specific Facebook post at facebook.com/zgallerie.
Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Despite improved survival rates for many other forms of cancer, pancreatic cancer remains the only major cancer that still has a five-year relative survival rate in the single digits at six percent. The incidence and death rate for pancreatic cancer are increasing, and pancreatic cancer is anticipated to move from the fourth to the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. by 2020, and possibly as early 2015.
About the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is the national organization creating hope in a comprehensive way through research, patient support, community outreach and advocacy for a cure. The organization is leading the way to increase the survival rate for people diagnosed with this devastating disease through a bold initiative—The Vision of Progress: Double the Pancreatic Cancer Survival Rate by 2020. To learn more visit www.pancan.org
Media Representative, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network – Twin Cities Affiliate