Starting gun to sound Saturday for PurpleStride 5K, pancreatic cancer research benefit run

TULSA - Saturday marks a big day for runners and cancer research in Tulsa.

The first annual PurpleStride 5k run or 1-mile walk kicks off at 9 a.m. at Turkey Mountain.

The event is free for cancer survivors, $30 for running adults, $25 for walking adults, $15 for child runners and $10 child walkers. Any who donate $35 without participating in the event will receive a T-shirt and a fundraising website.

Event proceeds will go toward pancreatic cancer research.

In 2009, nearly 40,000 Americans had some history with pancreatic cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute.

Julie Linse is one who beat the odds.

The Oklahoma woman was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2009.

"The song 'Live like you are dying' was very popular when I was sick," she said. "It helped drive [me] because I lived and I still do live everyday like I am dying."

Linse is now cancer-free.

Online registration for PurpleStride is closed, but interested parties can still register in person on Saturday.

Donations can still be made.

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