World Pancreatic Cancer Day, 2018

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Each year, November marks Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. It is a time for people across the globe to come together to raise vital funds and awareness of pancreatic cancer. But one day in particular unites people in the fight against the UK’s 5th biggest cancer killer and that is World Pancreatic Cancer day (WPCD)! WPCD 2018 took place on the 15th November and it was the biggest, most successful one to date.

PCA and WPCD

Radio day

Our CEO and founder, Ali Stunt, was busy in the studio for WPCD, raising awareness of pancreatic cancer with radio stations across the country! Highlighting the devastating statistics surrounding the disease and promoting the importance of symptom awareness, Ali, along with lots of PCA supporters shared her personal experience of pancreatic cancer to let others, across the country, know that they are not alone. A big thank you to all of our media volunteers that took part in our radio day!

WPCD 2018 Zoe Hall and Ali Stunt speak on the radio
On social media

For the biggest social media day of the year, it was all hands on deck here at PCA headquarters. Sharing facts and statistics; patient stories; and general pancreatic cancer information, the engagement online for WPCD was through the roof. More people than ever came forward to share their stories and offer support to others who were going through something similar. We’d like to say a huge thank you to everybody who helped raise the profile of pancreatic cancer by using the official WPCD hashtag last Thursday!

In the press

Lots of our supporters’ stories were published in the local press which really helped to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer in local areas as well as regional areas. Check out some of our supporters’ press cuttings…

WPCD 2018 PCA supporters in the news

What did our supporters get up to on WPCD?

Light it Purple

Purple Lights for pancreatic cancer is a joint awareness campaign organised and run by PCA, Pancreatic Cancer UK, Pancreatic Cancer Scotland, Guts UK and Planets cancer charity. Largely organised by individuals affected by pancreatic cancer, the act of lighting up a focal point in a village, town or city symbolises for many a way to remember loved ones who have sadly died of the disease, as well as celebrate the lives of those that have survived.

Click here to see this year’s Purple Light-ups so far!

Wear it Purple

Lots of our supporters decided to wear purple on WPCD to get people talking about pancreatic cancer. Here are just a few snaps from the day…

WPCD 2018 PCA supporters wearing purple
Bake it Purple

There have been bakes and cakes galore throughout awareness month and these are just some of our favourite yummy treats that we’ve seen so far…

WPCD 2018 PCA supporters bake purple cakes
Awareness and fundraising events

We are so proud to have such a fantastic community of supporters and want to say a big thank you to every who has organised a PCA event this Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. Well done everybody!

It’s not too late to help us reach our £10,000 Early Diagnosis Research fundraising target! Click here to donate online or text TIPP80 £5 to 70070 

WPCD 2018 Support PCA's Turn it Purple Facebook Page

WPCD 2018 written by Lauren Haslett