Duluth Purple Rally

Posted at: 04/17/2013 8:42 AM
Updated at: 04/17/2013 8:59 AM
By: Brittany Falkers

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network will host the first ever "Purple Rally" in Duluth.  It's happening at Grandma's Sports Garden Thursday, April 25 at 6 p.m.

The rally is a chance for folks to learn more about pancreatic and learn how to join the local effort in fighting to find a cure.

Sarah Petterson-Godfrey stopped by Good Morning Northland Wednesday to talk about the event.  She is part of a local group called TeamHope.  They're a group running Duluth's Grandma's Marathon to raise money and awareness of pancreatic cancer.

After a long battle with pancreatic cancer, Sarah lost her father, Kevin, to the disease just a few weeks ago. 

"Research hasn't changed much in the last 40 years and that's a hard fact to face when it's your dad that you're trying to find a cure for," she said.

Sarah and her dad were able to bring TeamHope to Grandma's last year thanks to their close connection to the Grandma's Board of directors.

 "We have over 100 runners this year, which is great. We had 50 last year," Petterson-Godfrey said.  She say this year they hope to raise double the $31,000 raised at last years marathon.

Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in our country, and incidence and death rates continue to increase, according to the American Cancer Society.  This year alone, it's estimated that 44,030 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and 37,660 will die from the disease.

So, join TeamHope Thursday, April 25 at Grandma's Sports Garden in Duluth.  The even runs from 6-8 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come enjoy appetizers, mingling and the chance to join the fight to find a cure for pancreatic cancer.

For more info on the Duluth "Purple Rally" contact Jenny Falk at jfalk@pancanvolunteer.org

For more information on TeamHope and Grandma's Marathon Click Here or check out their Facebook page.