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Published November 14, 2013, 09:56 PM

Pancreatic cancer awareness walk colors Fargo in purple

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Purple lights lit up downtown Fargo tonight, an effort to raise awareness of a rare and deadly form of cancer.

By: WDAY Staff Reports , WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Purple lights lit up downtown Fargo tonight, an effort to raise awareness of a rare and deadly form of cancer.

Hundreds showed up for the first ever Purple Vigil and Walk for Pancreatic Cancer.

Crews from Fargo's HB Sound and Light drenched the HoDo in purple lights, while walkers carried purple glow sticks.

The event was created by people like Emily Coler Hanson, who lost her father to the disease 3 years ago.

Coler Hanson: "Pancreatic cancer is a hard one because it is so rare. But for the people it does affect, the survival rates are so low and so it's really tragic that way so it's great to have such an event that really acknowledges the struggle that individuals and families face who are affected by pancreatic cancer."

Pancreatic cancer is rare, but once diagnosed, carries only a six percent chance of survival past five years.

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