Purple Stride raises thousands for pancreatic cancer programs

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - More than 1,000 people went running Saturday to raise money for pancreatic cancer research.

The Indy Purple stride at White River State park is one of 55 events nationwide this year.

Pancreatic cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death. Last year, these events raised $13 million for research for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

It's one of the only organizations specifically researching pancreatic cancer.

"We've got all these people out here in purple shirts in the middle of downtown Indianapolis so we're trying to spread the awareness of pancreatic cancer. It is the third deadliest disease and will likely be number two by 2020 so really spreading. We really want to support people who are facing the disease, battling the disease and we want to be able to find easy early detection methods to be able to find this thing and be able to battle it," said media chairperson Deana Potterf.

Saturday's goal was $210,000. Even before the event began, $188,000 had been raised.

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