This year, more than 56,000 cases of pancreatic cancer will be diagnosed in the United States. Almost 46,000 people, including 600 Coloradans, will die of the disease, according to the American Cancer Society.
Saturday, hundreds of people turned out at America the Beautiful Park to raise awareness of the disease.
Jacque Sanders, the organizer of the Colorado Springs walk, said her mom died of pancreatic cancer at age 54. She said because there’s no pre-screening, people don’t usually get diagnosed until it’s too late–and she wants to bring hope for others in the community.
“So we’re here to just help the community,” Sanders said. “For those who will be diagnosed with it, and those who will be caregivers, we’re here to help them, so that maybe they have a better chance at survival than those that have had it in the past.”
All of the money raised Saturday goes to advancing research aimed at early detection methods, better treatments, and, ultimately, a cure for pancreatic cancer.