Sunday has been designated as "PurpleLight National Vigil for Hope" all across the United States. West Virginia's event will be held in Philippi at 8 p.m. at the Barbour County Court House on Main Street.
"PurpleLight National Vigil for Hope" is a community gathering to honor loved ones fighting pancreatic cancer and those who have lost the fight.
It is now more important than ever to create awareness about Pancreatic Cancer. In a recently published report by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network titled, "Why we need to stem the tide today: The Alarming Rise of Pancreatic Cancer Deaths in the United States," there is scientific evidence that shows pancreatic cancer is anticipated to move from the fourth to the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States by the year 2020, and possibly as early as 2015. Now more than ever, together, we must change the course of this disease.
It is estimated that 1,188 West Virginians will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2012. Currently, there are no early detection methods.
During the evening, September 30, a video tribute will be made in honor and memory of those those battling pancreatic cancer. Persons may e-mail pictures of loved ones to be included in the tribute to Annette Fetty-Santilli at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PurpleLight West Virginia is open to everyone and there is no admission fee, though donations are accepted. Participants are encouraged to wear purple as possible.
For more information about this event or pancreatic cancer, interested persons may contact Pancreatic Cancer Action Network West Virginia Community Representative, Annette Fetty-Santilli at 304-457-6322 or refer to www.pancan.org.