Walk for Hope supports cancer research
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- More than 400 people in Albany came out in support of pancreatic cancer research at the 9th annual Walk for Hope on Sunday. All of the money raised goes to research of pancreatic cancer, the nation's fourth leading cause of cancer deaths.
About 44,000 people are affected by the disease each year. Though its survival rate has not improved in 25 years, organizers said strides are being made, and that there is hope.
"One percent of those diagnosed survive the first year," said Neil Piper, co-organizer of the event.
"However, we're working really hard, and they're working really hard in research for detection," added Shari Piper, co-organizer of the event. "If its found early enough to be surgically removed, then the survival rate jumps to 44 percent."
YNN's Kate Welshofer was the emcee for the event. She also walked with Team 4HLW in memory of her father, Harry, who died from pancreatic cancer last year.