BANGOR – Sunday was the 7th annual Pound the Pavement 5K color run for pancreatic cancer awareness.
The run was created to honor the life of Brenda Badger who lost the battle to cancer.
Christina Parrish, founder of the Iris Foundation, and Badger’s daughter-in-law came together to create this run.
Parrish is a cancer survivor. She was diagnosed 11 years ago with stage four pancreatic cancer and was told she had six months to live. Now, she wants to raise awareness of the disease.
“That was a dream of mine to help others and it’s grow exponentially over seven years. Here we are with our biggest race ever,” Parrish said.
Runners ran through eight color stations along the way, each station representing a type of cancer. Purple was the color at the finish line.
“This is to raise awareness not only to pancreatic cancer but all our color stations honor other cancers as well. It’s a time to create community and bring people together that have had been impacted not only by pancreatic cancer but by cancer,” Parrish said.
“It gives them a way to honor and remember but also celebrate their loved ones,” she said.
Parrish said proceeds help those in Maine.