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Hundreds of pancreatic cancer survivors gather at capitol

Published On: Oct 28 2013 01:29:34 AM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. -

In Madison, hundreds of pancreatic cancer survivors and their loved ones gathered at the State Capitol on Sunday afternoon.

The meeting was hosted by the local chapter of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and was part of the PurpleLight National Vigil for Hope.

The local affiliate of the national organization has raised more than half a million dollars in the past several years for research.

It is estimated that 38,000 men and women will die this year alone from pancreatic cancer.

WISC-TV’s Jessica Arp emceed the event and read names of local cancer victims.

"For those us who have lost loved ones, it's a time for group remembrance," said Barbara Karlen of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. "For being here to cheer and support those who are surviving and just to have a sense of community in the sense that we're not alone."

Former Wisconsin governor Tommy Thompson also spoke at the event.

Thompson has two brothers who have died of pancreatic cancer.

For more information on the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, visit here.

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