The Northern New Jersey Affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network will host an Awareness Night with the Somerset Patriots as they take on the Camden Riversharks to raise awareness and funds for pancreatic cancer research. The awareness event will take place on July 15, 2012 at TD Bank Ballpark at 5:05 p.m. Tickets are $10 each and are available for purchase online at www.pancan.org/newjersey. A portion of each ticket sold will benefit the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.
“We are thrilled to continue this relationship with the
Somerset Patriots for the third year in a row,” said Northern New Jersey Co-Affiliate Coordinator Nicole Trella, who lost her mother-in-law to the disease. “So much needs to be done to improve the staggering statistics associated with pancreatic cancer. Events like this are one step in creating hope that one day this disease will be a thing of the past.”
There will be an information table at the event that fans
will be able to visit to learn more about the disease and find out how they can join the fight against pancreatic cancer. Fans and supporters attending the game are encouraged to wear purple, the symbol of hope and awareness for pancreatic cancer.
Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States and has the lowest relative survival rate among leading cancer killers. This devastating disease has claimed the lives of many public figures, including Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, actor Patrick Swayze, Nobel Prize winner Dr. Ralph Steinman, Carnegie Mellon University Professor Dr. Randy Pausch, actor Michael Landon, and opera tenor Luciano Pavarotti.
This year nearly 44,000 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and more than 37,000 will die from the disease. The five year relative survival rate is just six percent and has remained largely unchanged in the last forty years because early detection tools and effective treatments have yet to be developed. Despite these sobering statistics, approximately two percent of the
National Cancer Institute’s federal research funding is allocated to pancreatic cancer.
To learn more about the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and the Northern New Jersey Affiliate visit www.pancan.org/newjersey.
Tickets through the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network can only be purchased on the website until Friday, July 13. But tickets can be purchased by emailing Stephanie at SBlash@pancanvolunteer.org.
Any tickets bought through the Patriots at the stadium aren't credited to the association.