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PurpleLight shines for those impacted by Pancreatic cancer

Purple Light ceremony underway at the Boise Capitol. (KBOI Photo)

It's National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, and Thursday is World Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Day.

Those impacted by the disease gathered at the Capitol for a PurpleLight vigil.

The Boise affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network joined thousands of supporters across the nation in turning the country purple.

The PurpleLight vigil honored those who lost their lives as well as celebrated survivors of the disease.

Volunteer Jennifer Schaplia lost her husband six years ago this Saturday. He was only 33-years-old.

"He was young and healthy," Schaplia said. "But it didn't matter - it didn't care, the cancer took him anyways."

The crowd held pictures of those who have passed, along with some who are currently fighting Pancreatic cancer.

"I'm still here fighting the fight that we started six years ago and I'm his voice now that he was robbed of," Schaplia said.

Diana Register's late husband - Caldwell Police officer Chad Register - passed away back in June. She says she hopes this event brings more advocacy for Pancreatic cancer research, and raises awareness for how deadly the disease can be.

"Out of all of them it went from four to three this year, with an 8-percent survival rate," Diana said. "Those haven't changed in 40 years, and there's no cure. And I think people should be aware of that."

You can find out more information on Pancreatic cancer and raising awareness here.

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