Pancreatic Walk to take place in America's Hometown

(L) Survivor Kristine Wilson and Event Coordinator Erin Hedges (R)

Tri-State residents plan to raise awareness of Pancreatic Cancer.

"I was diagnosed in October of 2015. All during that time not knowing if I was going to be able to have surgery or what the outcome may be," said Pancreatic Survivor Kristine Wilson.

Wilson of Hannibal says she feels blessed. She had surgery a little more than a year ago right before the Inaugural Pancreatic Walk in Hannibal last year.

"My family and friends pushed me in the wheelchair through the park in Riverview Park last year," said Wilson.

Wilson knows firsthand how important it is to raise money for research for hopes of finding a cure.

"I think we are right at $3,000 for just my team alone," said Wilson.

Erin Hedges of Hannibal lost her grandfather to pancreatic cancer in four short months. After attending a pancreatic walk in St. Louis, she wanted to raise awareness in the Tri-States by starting a similar event in Hannibal.

"It just wasn't something that was talked about. You didn't hear anything, you didn't see the purple ribbons, it was something new and scary. So I want to just bring more awareness to our community," said Hedges.

According to the American Cancer Society, more than 53,000 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year. More than 43,000 people will die from it.

Hedges says walks such as the one planned in Hannibal hope to lower those numbers.

"You don't get those experiences in life very often, but seeing everybody wear their purple and come out and walk for a good cause, it was completely moving,” said Hedges.

The Second Annual Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk is scheduled October 28th at Riverview Park in Hannibal.

Registration for the walk will begin at 8 a.m. and 100% of the proceeds go toward The Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research.

Here a link to sign up for the walk:

For more information regarding the walk and events leading up to it, follow the link below to the event Facebook page.

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