LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) – Around 400 people showed up for the 5th annual Purple Stride-Lake Area walk at Prien Lake Park on Saturday.
The event serves as an opportunity to raise awareness and money for pancreatic cancer research.
The fourth most deadly cancer, pancreatic cancer kills more than 35,000 Americans every year. In the state of Louisiana, 540 people will be diagnosed this year alone.
Kristy Remy lost her husband in 2003 after a four month battle with pancreatic cancer. That's when Remy noticed that while many people died from the disease, not enough funding went into providing research to find a cure. In fact, it's the least-funded cancer in terms of research.
"The wheel that squeaks gets the grease," Remy said. "We've seen that with breast cancer and AIDS. They really get together and they made their voices heard in Washington and locally and that's what we have to do."
Ann Knapp was one of the 400 walkers.
Knapp was walking in honor of three people who attended her church. All three lost the battle to pancreatic cancer.
"I think the turnout is terrific. It's a beautiful day—a little bit chilly---but a beautiful day," Knapp said.
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