The 13th annual “Walk With The Dogs” for Pancreatic Cancer was held on the morning of Saturday, June 2, with the event starting and ending at the Pavilion at Memorial Park in Nashville.
The event features teams, individuals, and of course, many, many dogs, a “sea of purple”, all out to raise money for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.
The Walk With The Dogs is done in memory of Jeanenne Thompson, who lost her battle to pancreatic cancer in February of 2005. The event has since been organized by her daughter, Christi Thompson Merritt, and her sister, Carolyn Detering (and brother-in-law, Charlie too!). They have been joined in the time since by a large group of others (too large, unfortunately) who have also lost loved ones to the disease.
When the Walk first began, the five-year survival rate was at only 3%. Now, it’s still low, one of the lowest of any cancer, but in that time, it has tripled, to 9%. It is the goal of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and Thompson Merritt, is double digits by 2020 – they are hopeful that they will reach it.
For more information on The Walk With Dogs, or to make a donation, head to their website, here.