San Diegans lace up to fight pancreatic cancer

Posted at 11:33 AM, Oct 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-08 14:33:35-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Hundreds of San Diegans painted Mission Bay Park the color purple today as they ran in a 5k to raise money for pancreatic cancer research.

The event is called Purple Stride San Diego. The money raised goes towards research and towards families affected by the deadly disease.

Pancreatic cancer has only a 9% relative five-year survival rate. By 2020, it is expected to be the 2nd leading cause of cancer-related death in the U.S. The cancer usually causes vague symptoms which can lead to difficulty treating the disease if it is detected too late.

The symptoms include abdominal or back pain, weight loss, jaundice, loss of appetite, nausea, changes in stool and diabetes.

Purple Stride San Deigo raised close to $360,000 during Sunday's run.

If you were unable to participate in the race today, you can still donate by searching Purple Stride San Diego.