By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Mar 28, 2023 at 10:02 AM

According to the World Cancer Research Fund International, pancreatic cancer is the 12th most common cancer in the world and there were nearly a half-million new cases in 2020 alone.

The American Cancer Society estimates that around 64,000 people will be diagnosed with the disease this year and about 50,500 will die of it.

Those are the kinds of numbers that the Purple Stride is fighting against.

The annual walk is held at 60 sites around the country and one of them is right here in the Milwaukee area.

PanCAN PurpleStride Milwaukee with Premier Sponsor Hatch Staffing Services & Caminata Strong - Memory of Al Caminata is slated for Saturday, April 29, at The Rock Sports Complex, 7011 S. Ballpark Dr., in Franklin.

Proceeds from the event – which is a sea of purple solidarity – support research like the PanCAN Early Detection Initiative and free resources and support from PanCAN Patient Services.

The event village with its exhibitors opens at 10 a.m. and the opening ceremony kicks off at 11. Then, at 11:30, the walk begins.

“We loved being back in person last year and want to make an even bigger impact this year – we need YOU to do that,” organizers say. “We’re bringing together pancreatic cancer survivors, families, caregivers, researchers and supporters in your community for a memorable day, and we want you there.

“Walk around the event village, grab a snack, write on the tribute wall, take pictures with your family and friends in the photo area, and be inspired during the opening ceremony before you set off on the ultimate walk to end pancreatic cancer.”

Raise $50 or more and get an official PanCAN PurpleStride 2023 T-shirt. Raise $1,000 or more and you’ll gain entry into the PanCAN PurpleStride Grand Club and get exclusive Grand Club gear.

We want to make PanCAN PurpleStride 2023 our biggest year yet and we need YOU to do that! The best way to get involved is to become a Team Captain and invite your friends and family to join your team and set their own fundraising goals. We’ll give you all the information you need!

Register for free and access your PanCAN PurpleStride Dashboard today! Your Dashboard is your one-stop-shop for all your PurpleStride fundraising needs. From instructions on how to connect to Facebook Fundraiser to emails and social media messages you can send your family and friends, your PurpleStride Dashboard has you covered.

You can register online here.

At the moment, participants have earned pledges totalling $114,546, or 43 percent, of the $265,000 goal. Register now and you can help not only meet, but exceed that goal.

Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.

He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.

With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.

He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.

In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.

He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.