Jeopardy host Alex Trebek, for better or worse, has become the newly familiar face of a devastating disease. Diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in March of this year, his continued steadying presence in the public eye has had a reassuring effect. But statistics are grim for this seemingly silent but deadly disease.

Nearly 57,000 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year. Every cancer and course of treatment is unique to that individual and that, in and of itself can be the determining factor when discussing survival rates.

The median survival rate for pancreatic cancer which is diagnosed at an advanced stage is 31/2 months. With successful treatment additional months, and possibly, years can be added.

Raising awareness and seeking new avenues for treatment is the key to upping survival rates. That is what the Purple Stride Sioux Falls 2019 will strive to do. It is coming up on Saturday, June 1, from 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM at Cherry Rock Park (1800 E. 18th Street). Registration opens at 7 AM, opening ceremonies are at 8:30 AM and the 5K Run/Walk begins at 9 AM.

For more information, see Pancreatic Action Network online, or call 1-877- 272-6226.

Sources: Pancreatica and Pancreatic Action Network