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

10/23/2013 10:58 AM

10/23/2013 10:59 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.

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Sacramento Bee reporters Cynthia Craft and Sammy Caiola write about community health issues in the Sacramento region. Their work is in conjunction with the California Endowment, a non-profit health foundation created in 1996.

Cynthia H. Craft is The Sacramento Bee's senior writer on health. She graduated from Ohio State University and previously worked at the Los Angeles Times and California Journal. She was a fellow in 2012 at the National Library for Medicine in Washington, D.C. at the National Institute for Health. Reach her at or 916-321-1270. Twitter: @cynthiahcraft.

Sammy Caiola joined The Sacramento Bee as a health reporter in 2014. She is a recent graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, where she was a Top 10 finisher in the William Randolph Hearst College Journalism Awards. Reach her at or 916-321-1636. Twitter: @SammyCaiola.


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