Nov. 19 marked another successful World Pancreatic Cancer Day – a dedicated day during Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month in November for people across the globe to join forces to raise awareness of the disease. The day is an initiative of the World Pancreatic Cancer Coalition (WPCC), of which the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) is a founding member.
On the day’s episode of “Jeopardy!” (which Trebek taped before his passing), the beloved host shared a message about World Pancreatic Cancer Day.
Trebek was loved for so many reasons, but we’ll always be most grateful for his willingness to share his story and raise awareness for pancreatic cancer.
— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) November 19, 2020
These icons – and many, many other individuals who have faced pancreatic cancer – were honored across the world online, on television and with very public displays on World Pancreatic Cancer Day.
The media proudly wore purple and shared information about the disease.
Thinking of #AlexTrebek and all who have valiantly faced pancreatic cancer. In honor of them and their loved ones….we’re wearing purple here on @GMA for #WorldPancreaticCancerDay! 💜 pic.twitter.com/19pVJZ4PDX
— Robin Roberts (@RobinRoberts) November 19, 2020
It’s #worldpancreaticcancerday and we are wearing purple in honor of @middaymichelle’s mom who is a #pancreaticcancer survivor of almost 14 years. Show off your purple and visit https://t.co/bxEfXGLQmC to #wagehope @PanCAN @PanCANChicago 💜 pic.twitter.com/dd8ktj25AH
— Good Day Stateline (@GoodDayStatelin) November 19, 2020
Helping turn the world purple today in honor of #WorldPancreaticCancerDay 💜
It’s nothing compared to the wonderful work that @PanCANNevada & @PanCAN does to find a cure & help those battling the awful disease. Thank you🙏🏾 #PanCANforProgress @hallfox5 @CassandraJFOX5 @FOX5Vegas pic.twitter.com/wJzqtvjZFL
— Feven Kay (@Feven_Kay) November 19, 2020
— Ginger Zee (@Ginger_Zee) November 19, 2020
Landmarks across the globe turned purple.
Please join us as we welcome #WPCD in New Zealand and Australia!
The first photo is of the Otago University Clocktower in New Zealand, lit purple from Nov. 16-22, 2020. The second photo is of the Sydney Opera House, lit purple for WPCD in 2017. #ItsAboutTime #PancreaticCancer pic.twitter.com/8csoXOhoYd
— W P C C (@worldpcc) November 18, 2020
We’ve seen some lovely purple light ups this month, and have some fantastic light ups taking place today! If you’re lighting up, or have photos, please share them to the Purple Lights gallery. Thank you. 🙂 💜 💡 #WorldPancreaticCancerDay #PurpleLightsUK #PancreaticCancer pic.twitter.com/fqp9lV5ZJx
— Pancreatic Cancer UK (@PancreaticCanUK) November 19, 2020
— Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge (@GMMCB) November 19, 2020
Members of Congress sported purple.
On World Pancreatic Cancer Day, I stand with @PanCAN and wear purple to honor my constituents impacted by #pancreaticcancer. Research is key to improving patient outcomes. That’s why I support $15m for the Pancreatic Cancer Research Program. #PanCANforProgress #WPCD pic.twitter.com/vpPRRPiU3l
— Eleanor #DCStatehood Holmes Norton (@EleanorNorton) November 19, 2020
On World Pancreatic Cancer Day, I wear purple to honor all who are affected by pancreatic cancer and join @PanCAN to support $15 million for the Pancreatic Cancer Research Program. Research leads to progress, and progress leads to change for patients. #PanCANforProgress #WPCD pic.twitter.com/90cceFOaX6
— Senator Thom Tillis (@SenThomTillis) November 19, 2020
#Pancreaticcancer is the 3rd leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S.
On World Pancreatic Cancer Day #WPCD, I wear purple to raise awareness and push for progress.
— Jan Schakowsky (@janschakowsky) November 19, 2020
And researchers, healthcare professionals, businesses, supporters, friends and family showed off their purple and their passion for the cause.
@UNC_Lineberger #PancreaticCancer researchers (and friends @StiftungCharite, @NCCU ) showing off our purple 💜💜💜 for #PancreaticCancerAwarenessDay. @PanCAN #PanCANforProgress pic.twitter.com/bjhLkAjxIh
— Kirsten Bryant (@bryant_kl) November 19, 2020
Today is World Pancreatic Cancer Day and I’m wearing purple to honor #PaulMitchell and support @PanCAN and their goals to raise awareness and fund ground-breaking research to improve outcomes for this deadly disease. #PanCANforProgress pic.twitter.com/9EeUDLpgse
— Jolina Mitchell (@jolinastar) November 19, 2020
I wear purple 4 My Lady! When she was diagnosed with #PancreaticCancer in 2009 the 5‐year survival rate was 5%. I made a promise 2 raise awareness.
Today the 5‐year survival rate is 10% and that’s still not good enough. #PanCANforProgress #ItsAboutTime #WPCD #DemandBetter pic.twitter.com/oJLU76j8zp
— Niketa (@Keta_licious) November 19, 2020
Get your purple on!! Today is World Pancreatic Cancer Day. We represent in honor of my dad, Alex Trebek and all the others we have lost or who are still fighting. #WPCD #PanCANforProgress New York City- Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) Pancreatic Cancer Action Network pic.twitter.com/KF6cgvxJbi
— Samantha Myers (@smyers66) November 19, 2020
BCCPC co-director Dr. Brett Sheppard and his team are wearing purple masks all over the OHSU campus today!#WPCD #PancreaticCancerAwarenessMonth #WorldPancreaticCancerDay #ItsAboutTime #PanCANforProgress #PancreaticCancer #WageHope @worldpcc @PanCAN @OHSUKnight @OHSUsurgery pic.twitter.com/W5GsyR9UJa
— Brenden-Colson Center for Pancreatic Care (@OHSUpancreatic) November 19, 2020
Today, I wear purple to honor my husband and all those affected by #pancreaticcancer. On World Pancreatic Cancer Day #WPCD, I join @PanCAN in saying that research leads to progress, and progress leads to change for patients. #PanCANforProgress💜 pic.twitter.com/WprsqYX2xH
— Mayor Vi Lyles (@CLTMayor) November 19, 2020
Still can’t believe you’re gone.
— James Holzhauer (@James_Holzhauer) November 20, 2020
Plus, media coverage highlighted volunteers and survivors raising awareness as well as stories of those who have benefited from that awareness – like Chuck Paulausky, whose pancreatic cancer diagnosis was caught early thanks to Trebek’s PSA last year.
The world turned purple on World Pancreatic Cancer Day to raise critical awareness of this important cause – and we are so incredibly grateful.
But pancreatic cancer won’t disappear on Nov. 20, or even when Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month ends Dec. 1.
We’ll keep the momentum going and won’t ever stop working toward a future where people with pancreatic cancer thrive. Join us!