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Pancreatic cancer walk is scheduled for Nov. 2; supporters encouraged to sign up

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013 - 10:58 am

Pancreatic cancer is one of the toughest to beat back. It’s estimated that more than 45,000 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year – and more than 38,000 will die. It is the fourth deadliest cancer, with only a five-year survival rate of 6 percent.

This is why, says Susanne Zito, it’s crucial for more people in Sacramento to come out in support of the battle against pancreatic cancer.

Last year’s PurpleStride 5K fun run, only the second to be held in Sacramento, drew about 300 people. “It was very sad,” said Zito, whose husband, Michael Zito, is rallying against his Stage IV pancreatic cancer. This year’s fundraising, awareness-raising event is looking up somewhat, with 500 people already signed up.

Zito would like to see more join the cause. After all, she noted, some 20,000 people participated in the Sacramento breast cancer walk/run earlier this month.

The Nov. 2 PurpleStride fun run/walk will begin at the corner of Sutterville and Freeport, and circle around William Land Park. There’s a $30 registration fee the day of the run/walk for adults. Youths are charged $15 the day of the run. Discounts are available if you sign up in advance here.

Call The Bee’s Cynthia H. Craft, (916) 321-1270.

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Cynthia CraftCynthia H. Craft began her reporting and editing career in Columbus, Ohio, after graduating from Ohio State University. She worked at a Dallas, Texas, newspaper as an editor, and then at the Los Angeles Times, as an editor and Capitol Bureau correspondent. After working as editor in chief at the California Journal, Craft went to Lima, Peru, for three years as a visiting professor of journalism at Peruana Universidad de Ciencias Aplicadas. She was a fellow in 2012 at the National Library for Medicine in Washington, D.C. at the National Institute for Health. She's currently The Sacramento Bee's senior writer on health, a position made possible by a grant from The California Endowment.

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