Purple Stride Boise 2016 raises $42,000 for pancreatic cancer research

Purple Stride 2016

Ann Morrison Park looked all things purple over the weekend.

About 500 people showed up for the Purple Stride event, raising about $42,000, money that will go to helping patients and furthering research.

Pancreatic Cancer is the only cancer with a five-year survival rate in the single digits. It's now the third leading cause of cancer deaths.

Amelia Lawrence was there for her grandmother who fought Pancreatic Cancer for eight years before passing away at 63.

"If my grandma was here she'd be so happy," Lawrence said. "It's so nice to see people who have survived it cause it's reassuring that it's getting better."

The goal is to double the survival rate for pancreatic cancer in the next four years.

"The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network provides a comprehensive approach to battling cancer," said Nichole Velasquez, Purple Stride organizer. "Through research and early detection methods (we're) trying to find new ways to find the disease early so we can better the survival rate."