Walk This Sunday to Fight Pancreatic Cancer

PurpleStride Milwaukee 2016 steps off from Miller Park Sunday, June 5. It is the signature fund raising event for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, which helps fund research, patient services, and community outreach. 

Joining us live on the CBS58 News at 4 to talk about the event, Steve Lipshetz, a volunteer for PurpleStride, and Mike Irwin, a pancreatic cancer survivor.

Pancreatic cancer has a 5-year survival rate of 8-percent. Mike Irwin was diagnosed in November of 2013, "I went through a very bad time. But luckily they found a chemo treatment that took the cancer and put it back in it's place," he said.  Recently, the cancer has come back, but Irwin plans to continue to beat the odds. "I'm still hopeful. The numbers are just the numbers and everybody is different."  

Steve Lipshetz has been volunteering since 2011, soon after his wife lost her sister and mother to pancreatic cancer. He is promising a fun and family-friendly event at Miller Park this Sunday.  "We have face-painting for the kids, snow cones, there's a game area where they can play, and of course we have tents. We have over 30 survivors that have signed up so far. And being at Miller Park of course, people are welcome to tailgate after the event," Lipshetz said. 

For more information, and how to register for PurpleStride Milwaukee 2016, go here.

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