BREWER – The Brewer waterfront was lit up purple for a special cause on Thursday night.
“It’s important to bring awareness to this cancer and let people know they aren’t alone,” said Christina Parrish, the founder of the Purple Iris Foundation.
She started it after a three-year battle with pancreatic cancer.
“I had lost so many friends. It was important to me to remember and honor and celebrate those friends,” Parrish said.
November 21 is World Pancreatic Cancer Day.
It brings light to a disease that effects nearly 60,000 Americans each year.
Cathy Sjogren’s husband died of pancreatic cancer last year.
“When they tell you the statistics of pancreatic cancer, he said ‘perhaps I can be one of those 5% who’s still alive in 5 years.’ He continued to fight because he said maybe the things he’s doing will help somebody coming up in the journey,” said Sjogren.
She said the community helped them through the battle and they continue to be there for her everyday.
“It’s a difficult journey. The journey takes faith, hope, and love. I called it a village. My family, my coworkers, we had great support,” Sjogren said.
Parrish said there’s still a lot of work to do such as educating people on symptoms.
Those include extreme weight loss, jaundice or mid-back pain.
To learn more about the Purple Iris Foundation visit, you can visit their website